My Top Ten Water Wishes 2016

Water news continued to receive top billing throughout the past year. Severe drought and flooding, exacerbated by a changing climate, again fronted U.S. headlines in 2015. My Top Water Wishes for the New Year include a quick look back at some of the important water stories that streamed from our offices this…

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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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In the USA Today – Running Out of Water

USA Today reports that higher than average summer temperatures and patchy rainfall over the summer contributed to one of the worst wildfire seasons on record, a level of devastation unseen since 1960.  Exceptional drought conditions have raised concerns for California and other states continuing to experience serious drought.  The kind…

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Yellowstone River Dam

The Billings Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge Brian Morris has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to do adequate environmental study before moving ahead with a planned $59 million concrete dam across the Yellowstone River.  The project, which was scheduled to start construction this month near…

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Damming the Species to Extinction

Chris Hunter writes this week from Montana of the collapse of the pallid sturgeon and what may be end for the species. With their remaining population estimated at only about 200 fish, a recent push for a $60 million concrete dam project in some of their only remaining habitat along…

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Start Your Restoration Project Today

Benefits of Restoration Planning: Improve Recreational Use Increase Property Values Identify Management Opportunities Enhance Water Quality Decrease Flooding and Habitat Damage Stabilize Stream Banks Sustainable stream, river and wetland restoration has benefits that extend well beyond the restoration industry itself into two of the United States most important industries: agriculture…

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