Test of Environmental Resolve – Cuba’s Future

The New York Times reports that although Cuba’s commitment to environmental protection has never been tested, or tempted, it will be if trade and travel barriers with the U.S. fall. The Times reports Cuba’s green sensitivities evolved as much out of necessity as ideology. “The collapse of the Soviet bloc…

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Rotenone? 1952 Called Again and Wants Its Species Management Strategy Back

The latest plan to ‘restore’ using poison has found its way to public comment this week as officials from Montana and Wyoming request feedback on the draft environmental assessment for the Soda Butte Creek drainage by June 13.  Readers who care about Yellowstone National Park or these important headwaters will want…

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What is the Price Tag for Nature’s Defenses?

Carl Zimmer writes recently in the New York Times that levees are not the only things that protect coasts from storm damage.  “Nature offers protection, too” he says.  “Coastal marshes absorb wind energy and waves of storms, weakening their impact farther inland.”  These coastal ecosystems and their services provide significant…

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Flood Alleviation – Unpaid Engineers to Restore Floodplains

Following major floods in January 2014 Marina Pacheco, the chief executive of the UK Mammal Society, recommended that the UK Government promote beaver reintroductions as a means of reducing flood risk in the future. “Restoring the beaver to Britain’s rivers would bring huge benefits in terms of flood alleviation. These…

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Yvon Chouinard: Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams

A recent New York Times Opinion piece by Yvon Chouinard titled “Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams,” rightly questions the values and highlights the environmental risks associated with dams, underlining that the benefits “for water use, flood control and electricity – can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire…

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“Fields and Streams” by Rebecca Lave – High Stakes in the Rosgen Wars

Just beneath the surface of the river restoration industry is an undercurrent of controversy strong enough to create two distinctly-opposed camps. Dubbed the “Rosgen Wars ” during the mid-1990s, this 20-year battle of ideas was named for its protagonist, Colorado hydrologist Dave Rosgen, and pits Rosgen and his legion of…

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EPA Survey: Three-Quarters of Our Nation’s Rivers Need Our Help

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of a comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that 55 percent are classified as poor, and another 23 percent in fair condition for aquatic life. In certain regions, like…

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Researcher: Stream Repairs in Vermont post-Irene “Ad-Hoc and Willy-Nilly”

For a stream scientist Tropical Storm Irene, which dumped loads of rain on Northeast, provided what one researcher calls a “grand experiment” — the opportunity to investigate what happens when a stream system faces a major disturbance. In Vermont, where Dartmouth College scientists are studying the aftermath, the storm knocked…

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NWF Offers 10 Important Tips for Working with Nature to Keep Us Safe

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) ran a great article by Joshua Saks identifying “Five Actions to Protect People, Property and Wildlife from Storm and Flood Damages” http://blog.nwf.org/2012/11/post-sandy-working-with-nature-to-keep-us-safe/ and “Five Actions that Put People, Property and Wildlife at Risk from Storm and Flood Damages.” http://blog.nwf.org/2012/11/post-sandy-working-with-nature-to-keep-us-safe/…

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Potomac River Tops the Most Endangered River List – All Rivers Need Protection

The non-profit advocacy group American Rivers is naming the Potomac the nation’s most endangered river, saying it is threatened by nutrient and sediment pollution that lowers the quality of drinking water and kills marine life. The group’s annual report titled, “America’s Most Endangered Rivers,” notes what local friends of the…

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