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Annual Patuxent River Wade-in Reflects Murkiness of Long-Running Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

 25 years on, Bernie’s still looking for his feet

As a young man in the 1960s, Bernie Fowler recalls he could wade chest deep into the Patuxent River and still see his toes as he netted crabs.  But the clarity of his beloved river plummeted over the years, along with the vitality of the rest of the Cheaspeake Bay.

In 1988, frustrated with what seemed to him then as the slow pace of efforts to restore the river, Fowler, a state senator representing Calvert County, staged a wade-in to demonstrate graphically just how fouled the water was.  He lost sight of his feet just 10 inches deep that day.

Since then, Fowler has made an annual pilgrimage into the river, joined by family, friends and assorted politicians in an event that’s almost baptismal in nature. His simple and single-minded focus on seeing how deep he can get before losing sight of his now-sneakered toes has helped crystallize for many the import of the complexities of the bay’s problems – nutrient pollution, algae blooms and dead zones.

Read the full story from the Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-08/features/bal-patuxent-river-wadein-marks-25th-year-20120608_1_bernie-fowler-annual-patuxent-river-chesapeake-bay-commission

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Aldo Leopold and Modern Conservation – Green Fire Premiers

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold a Land Ethic for Our Time from Jeannine Richards on Vimeo.

On Saturday, February 5, the Aldo Leopold Foundation released “Green Fire,” the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the twentieth century and still inspires people today. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate.

Following the film’s world premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on February 5, the film will be presented at other major screening events in cities across the country, including San Francisco, Denver, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and various venues in Wisconsin throughout the spring. It will then be released on public television in early 2012.

Learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Green Fire movie at www.aldoleopold.org. Visit www.greenfiremovie.com for venue information and to buy tickets. Premiere venues and dates continue to be added. Check the following web link for the most up to date schedule: http://www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/premieres.shtml

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The Most Invasive Species

I read with interest the recent story by Brett French Barrier Proposed to Protect Cutthroat,” announcing Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks’ latest misguided plan to construct dams and dump poison into streams in Sweet Grass County.  It occurs to me that if anyone other than state fisheries biologists were building dams in natural streams or trying to eradicate every fish, amphibian, reptile, insect and macroinvertebrate from their natural habitats –  our community would be in an uproar.  Imagine for example that all this aquatic life was being impacted by a massive oil spill…or destroyed by a developer.

Unfortunately, our local community of anglers, conservationists, non-profits, and scientists has mostly been silent.  Instead, the quiet march of environmental destruction has continued across Montana – by plan with public funding. 

It is widely known that dams stop the migration of not just so-called “invasive species” but of all species of fish including those native to the stream system.  This is the reason that so many dam REMOVAL projects to restore rivers are going on across the U.S. today.   The poison (Rotenone) that MT FW&P continues to infer will somehow magically kill only the target non-native fish species continues to kill everything in its path, including in this case the very trout that this expensive and invasive program is by definition intended to “protect” and “restore.” 

Anyone doubting the significant collateral damage being caused by this brand of so-called “Native Fish Restoration” or the potential long-term impacts can read more at www.stopriverkilling.org or see a short documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CCPCrIJJts 

Montana’s streams, rivers and wetlands face many challenges today, but few so great as poorly conceived, extreme management techniques.  In this we are clearly the most invasive species.

To comment on the project, write MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Jeremiah Wood at P.O. Box 27, Fishtail MT 59028 or e-mail jrwood@mt.gov.

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

NOAA – National Weather Service – WaterCurrent · By State/County:  National Hydrologic Assessment of Spring Flooding Risk as of 3/12/2010 now available. Additional Resources available include National Significant River Flood Outlook  for the United States. See http://www.weather.gov/ahps/

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