River, Wetland and Habitat Restoration – First Do No Harm

It is one of the precepts all students are taught in medical school. It reminds a physician that he or she must always consider the possible harm any intervention might cause. It also applies quite accurately to the process of restoring rivers, wetlands and uplands. The very act of “restoring”…

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My Top Ten Water Wishes 2015

Water news and alerts continued to receive notice throughout 2014. Severe drought as well as dramatic flooding again topped U.S. headlines. My personal Top Water Wishes for the New Year include a quick look back at some of the important water stories that streamed through our offices this past year. Wishing…

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FlyTalk Asks ‘Why Not Quality Trout Management?’

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…

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My Top Water Wishes for 2014

Water alerts continued to receive notice throughout 2013. Both drought and flooding again topped the nation’s headlines.  My Top Water Wishes for the New Year include a quick look back at some of the important water stories that streamed our network this past year. Top Ten Water Wishes for 2014: #10:…

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Researchers: Trout Habitats to Suffer Significant Decline by 2080

Predictions note that trout habitat likely will be slashed in half due to climate change by the year 2080, according to a recent study, with native cutthroat trout expected to see the most severe decline. The study, published in the science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also…

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Through a Fish’s Eye – National Habitat Map and Data Tool

The recent release of a report on the status of fish habitats in the United States titled THROUGH A FISH’S EYE: The Status of Fish Habitats In The United States 2010 is accompanied by the release of a map viewer, which offers the maps that are in the report in…

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Status of Fish Habitats in the United States – Report for U.S. Waters

The National Fish Habitat Board ( www.fishhabitat.org ) has released a status of fish habitats in the United States report titled THROUGH A FISH’S EYE: The Status of Fish Habitats In The United States 2010.  The first of its kind to synthesize information on a national level, the goal of the…

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What Should Be Done to Restore Native Species?

Over the past year, visitors to the EcoBlu blog have been reading about the “Native Fish Restoration” projects ongoing in Montana and elsewhere.  These controversial projects involve clear-cutting the aquatic ecosystem with poison and then restocking with a fish monoculture.  Increasingly, government agencies and conservation groups are promoting the 60-year-old practice as necessary to…

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Planning for Effective Wetland Enhancement and Management

Effective wetland enhancement and management requires an understanding of the interrelationships among habitats and resources needed by wetland wildlife to survive and reproduce. Optimizing value and use of wetlands is possible only if wetland structure and function is integrated with knowledge of habitat requirements and life-cycle events of wildlife. A…

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