Widespread Flood Threats to Continue Through Summer

 NOAA’s National Weather Service has warned (7.6.2011) that many rivers in the upper Midwest and northern Plains remain above flood stage and flooding will likely continue throughout the summer for these regions.  With many forecasters predicting that severe weather events could become the new normal, the health of our nation’s floodplains…

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10 Questions to Ask Before Restoring Your Stream or Wetland

Before you start that fisheries enhancement project or erosion control project, you need to ask the right questions.  Our free consumer report “Buyer Beware: A Warning to Consumers about the Industry” will give you the Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Aquatic Resource Consultant.  In the report, we also identify the…

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Saving Natural Services: The Economic Value Of Healthy Ecosystems

What is the value of clean, clear water flowing down a mountain stream? Many would say “priceless,” as irreplaceable as air or sunshine. But the truth is that healthy, intact ecosystems and the ecological services they provide have tangible values which can be measured. Trout Headwaters we’re in the business…

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A Future National Park for Chile – Conservacion Patagonica

Creating the future Patagonia National Park in Chile Conservacion Patagonica is a dynamic community of people who share one thing: a commitment to the wild future of Patagonia. About fifty people work full-time on the creation of Patagonia National Park, but many thousands more throughout the world have joined in…

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Hydrologic Assessment of Spring Flooding Risks for the U.S.

NOAA – National Weather Service – USGS:  National Hydrologic Assessment of Spring Flooding Risk as of 3/3/2011 now available.  Current forecasts predict major flooding along the Upper Mississippi River.  Mapping of Streamflow Analysis, Current Soil Moisture and more for the United States. >Read More

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A Crumbling Water Infrastructure in U.S. – via the INFRASTRUCTURIST

Writing in the INFRASTRUCTURIST, Eric Jaffe recently noted that “Water infrastructure may not be a sexy topic, but it’s becoming an important one.” The American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s drinking-water systems a grade of D-minus.  While the Obama administration has secured $6 billion for improvements, the Environmental…

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Builders, Architects, Engineers – Why Buy Credits in a Mitigation Bank?

Why buy credits in a mitigation bank instead of creating a wetland or restoring a stream on- or off-site? Purchasing credits gives the developer these major benefits: Save time and money: The developer, after following the 404(B)(1) Guidelines to try to avoid or  minimize wetland or stream impacts, then does…

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Toward A Sustainable Chesapeake – Case Studies

A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation provides conservation resources for individuals, organizations, governments and businesses across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This recently released volume profiles case studies of conservation practices and techniques and describes the protection of land and water resources. The thirty-one case studies feature the work of…

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Trying to Put the “Rio” back in the Rio Nuevo

“Back when the Rio Nuevo project to revitalize downtown Tucson (AZ) was first hatched,” writes Hugh Holub, “there were elements in the concept to restore the Santa Cruz River. There was a ‘rio’ – a river – in Rio Nuevo.” Holub notes that the restoration of the river “fell by…

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For Builders, Architects, and Homeowners – Building Near a River or Stream?

A stream or river is constantly adjusting itself. This is nature’s balancing act between the amount of water and gradient in the channel, and the amount and size of the sediment within the system. Any disturbance, either natural or human-caused, will change this balance. Activities such as building within the…

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