Tag Archive 'vegetation'

Coastal erosion is a global issue, causing an estimated $500 million per year in property loss and damage.  Shoreline hardening, including rock jetties, groins and seawalls have unfortunately exacerbated this situation by deflecting and increasing wave energy directed at unprotected shores.  Increasingly agencies,  municipalities, and even engineering firms have begun to realize that natural vegetation […]

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Climate scientists predict that sea levels will rise by three feet — and could rise by as much as five feet — by the year 2100. What does this mean for some of the world’s coastal cities, or your favorite beach?  The map below allows you to explore the regions of the Earth that are […]

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If you care about the protection and restoration of Montana’s streams and rivers, it’s time to let your voice be heard.  The Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) has formally implemented a plan to require the use of large, non-native rip rap and/or concrete structures for all stream restoration and bank stabilization projects in the […]

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A stream or river is constantly adjusting itself. This is nature’s balancing act between the amount of water and gradient in the channel, and the amount and size of the sediment within the system. Any disturbance, either natural or human-caused, will change this balance. Activities such as building within the floodplain, constructing roads in riparian […]

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(Reprinted from the Environmental News Network): Back in 2003’s Global Environment Outlook Year Book, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) declared the ocean’s “dead zones” the world’s top emerging environmental challenge. Now a recent report by UNEP says the number of dead zones, or low oxygenated areas in the world’s oceans, may have now grown […]

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Riparian areas filter nutrients and improve water quality.  In agricultural-use watersheds, nutrient filtering in riparian zones can help control agricultural nonpoint-source pollution.  Sediment deposition is a natural process that takes place during periodic flooding.  Accelerated upland erosion can increase sediment deposition in riparian and wetland areas because of downslope movement of dislodged soil material.  Such […]

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