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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Study: Rosgen Stream Classification Protocol Yields Inconsistent Results

A widely used approach for describing the form of streams and rivers is a method called the Rosgen Stream Classification System. Developed by Colorado hydrologist Dave Rosgen, and taught through short courses, the system provides a simple way of classifying stream types based on a few key measurements. Streams are…

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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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USEPA Video on Nutrient Pollution Impacts

Nutrient pollution is one of the nation’s most widespread and costly environmental problems. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and lawn fertilizer, livestock waste, roads and houses, faulty septic systems, and treated sewage can turn waters green with slime and pollute waters for swimming, boating, and fishing. To help raise…

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Warm Spring Threatens More Drought and Wildfires in West

Decreased snowpack in the Rocky Mountains may compound problems for Colorado, Arizona, California, and other Western states. On April 10th, 61 percent of the lower 48 states were listed by the U.S. Drought Monitor to be in abnormally dry or drought conditions. To assess the vulnerabilities of the watershed and…

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Engineering Cannot Save Our Rivers

We note the draft language in Montana DNRC’s 2012 Model Floodplain Ordinance requiring that “a licensed professional engineer” (P.E.) design all stream restoration and bank stabilization projects undertaken in Montana.  While engineering is an important professional discipline, the proposed rule as written would greatly diminish the vital roles played by…

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Spring Thaw Washes a Cocktail of Salty Chemicals into Streams

As warmer temperatures thaw winter’s blanket of snow and ice, the runoff enters lakes, rivers and streams, carrying with it a winter’s-worth of de-icing compounds.  Despite making roads safer, salt and deicers are still peppered with danger. Between 10 and 20 million tons of salt are applied to roadways every…

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Classified: Why the Overuse of Stream Classification Systems Have Failed River Restoration

At Trout Headwaters we put a lot of emphasis on stream and wetland assessment.  Our unwavering belief in scientifically-sound assessments of water resources led us to develop a patented system just for assessments called RiverWorks Rapid Assessment System®. Because of the number of stream restoration failures we’ve seen in the…

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Fishing Guides, Conservationists Ask for Moratorium on Trinity River Channel Projects

Fishing guides float and fish our nation’s rivers every day. Because of their familiarity and concern for the resources they fish, guides are often able to spot early problems with stream and river health. It’s unfortunate that a notable number of poorly designed stream restoration projects can actually cause greater…

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Marcellus Shale Exploration Companies Will Have to Use Extra Caution around Streams and Wetlands

The Marcellus shale formation stretches through a wide swath of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, underlying large parts of the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.  Energy extractors have been planning large-scale natural gas “fracturing” operations for the past decade.  State environmental regulators are attempting to understand…

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