River as Sewer System

In his fact-filled and thought-provoking critique of man’s long history of impacts on the Snake River, Richard Manning, writing in a recent High Country News asks the reader to acknowledge one basic fact.  “The Snake River Plain,” he writes “sprawling over 15,600 square miles, is a desert.  The river system and about 10 inches of rain a year are its water supply entire.”

From this common point, Manning traces a worrisome, dizzying inventory of human impacts, reflecting on the cumulative effects of man’s development on this once-pristine watershed, finally concluding “Idaho’s Sewer System is the Snake River.”    >Read More via https://www.hcn.org/issues/46.13/idahos-sewer-system-is-the-snake-river

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Ever wonder about the value of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and wetlands? An analysis recently released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully implemented.

The peer-reviewed report, produced by economist Spencer Phillips and CBF Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee, compares the value of those benefits in 2009, the year before the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint began being implemented, to the benefits that can be expected as a result of fully implementing the Blueprint. >Read the Full Report via Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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The University of Washington’s Journal Conservation reports recently “that our habit of leaving roads in our wake pretty much everywhere may be the best predictor of our effect on the world around us.” Quoting the authors of the study “Road networks predict human influence on Amazonian bird communities,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B who note that “Biodiversity loss may occur directly via road-kill events, disturbance or pollution, or indirectly by stimulating and facilitating loss of habitat, and forming barriers to dispersal and gene flow.“ > Read the Story

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Kirk Deeter recently asks “Why Not More ‘Quality Trout Management?’” on the blog FlyTalk http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/flytalk. “Trout anglers can learn a lot from deer hunters, and bird hunters. At least they should when it comes to managing fisheries. I think we’re all starting to wake up to the fact that, in certain places, hatcheries, and hatchery fish, do more harm than good,” he notes.

For nearly twenty years, Trout Headwaters and its clients have focused considerable energy and investment on trout habitat restoration. Our work has been to restore cold water habitats across the U.S., increasing biodiversity and restoring ecological function. Over this time unfortunately we have been witness to lots of invasive management and restoration techniques which damaged stream and wetlands systems, including inappropriate hatchery stockings. Some of these damaging so-called “restoration” projects were simply accidents or catastrophes (depending on scale) others have been part of some accepted ill-informed management strategy. See “Rotenone? 1952 Called and Wants Its Fisheries Management Strategy Back” for a pertinent example.

Read the full post Why Not More ‘Quality Trout Management?’

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Margaret Sullivan heralds the planned expansion of environmental coverage by The New York Times recently. Listing the heavy-hitters expected to file reports for science and the environment, editor Barbara Strauch explained: “The idea is that climate change is the biggest story going, and we ought to be on it in a big way.” Sullivan reports that the idea to beef up the team had come from Jill Abramson, before she was fired last spring, and that the new executive editor, Dean Baquet, had put his full weight and considerable enthusiasm behind it. >Read More via http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/07/like-sea-level-times-environmental-coverage-on-the-rise/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy writes in the Huffington Post: “To have clean water downstream in our rivers and lakes — and enjoy the economic growth clean water brings — we need healthy headwaters upstream. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of U.S. small business owners favor including small streams and headwaters in federal clean water protections, because every business in America needs clean water to thrive.” >Read the Full Op Ed

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ACESvisualRegistration is now open for one of the world’s premier ecosystem services conferences. ACES 2014 will highlight policy, best practices, and emerging science in the ecosystem services community. In anticipation of ACES 2014, several reports and tools will be released in conjunction with the conference, including the FRMES Guidebook! Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of foundational discussions that will shape the future of ecosystem services, register to attend today. More via www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/ACES

To schedule a meeting with Trout Headwaters, Inc representatives at the December conference Contact Us.

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According to The Washington Post, Shaun Donovan gave his first speech as White House budget director Friday.  The story says that he didn’t even mention that popular national obsession of recent years, the now $17.8 trillion national debt.

“No, in the run-up to next week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, the Obama administration is focused like a laser on a different threat to federal finances and the U.S. economy: the consequences of global warming,” according to writer Lori Montgomery of the Post.

“From where I sit, climate action is a must do; climate inaction is a can’t do; and climate denial scores – and I don’t mean scoring points on the board. I mean that it scores in the budget. Climate denial will cost us billions of dollars,” Donovan said during the address.  >Read the Full Story via http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/19/forget-the-national-debt-the-new-budget-threat-is-climate-change/

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From a Recent TEDx Charlottesville, Chandler Van Voorhis explores the founding of our nation and our American ‘currency of conservation.’  Van Voorhis co-founded C2I, LLC, a leader in conservation capitalism. The company plants, grows, and sells permanent forests. Capturing all the integrated assets forests house – biodiversity, carbon, nutrients, water credits – the GreenTrees program is today America’s largest forest carbon origination pipeline.

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proc praying MantisTHI

We couldn’t resist posting this selfie of a THI field technician and a Mantis.  The creature was safely returned its habitat during field assessment work on this project site in Virginia.  More than 20 species of Mantis are native to the United States, including the common Carolina Mantis, with only one native to Canada. Two species (the Chinese Mantis and the European Mantis) were deliberately introduced to serve as pest control for agriculture, and have spread widely in both countries.

 

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