U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases New Mitigation Policy

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Signs of Spring – Conservation Investment Returns

This beautiful and bio-diverse wetland site in Idaho began in 2002 as 291 acres of degraded industrial property.  Private conservation investment in restoration here at the Valencia Wetland Mitigation Bank has created habitats for Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles, Hooded Mergansers, and nesting Great Blue Herons (like this one) along with many other species…

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Damming the Susitna River?

At an estimated cost of more than $5 Billion, a dam proposed on the Susitna River north of Talkeetna, Alaska would become the second tallest dam in the U.S. Engineered to span the full width of this pristine resource, the 735 foot tall structure would destroy natural flows on one…

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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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