Brett Walton quotes an email to Circle of Blue from Jonathan Overpeck: ‘It’s a wakeup call kind of paper that I’d take seriously.’ A climate scientist at the University of Arizona, Overpeck is a lead author for the United Nations’ climate assessments. The recent paper he references was published in the Journal of Climate and highlights how rising temperature really will be hard on our water supply in a large swath of the United States, especially the Southwest from California to Texas.
A baseline assessment can best be described as the basis by which to judge the success of any action taken to conserve, protect, enhance or restore water resources or habitats. Monitoring, when properly executed, continues to evaluate the health of the resource after any action is taken in order to track results in a meaningful way. This is the critical feedback loop to insure successful restoration and prudent adaptive resource management.
Trout Headwaters Inc performs baseline assessments to meet a variety of objectives, and to guide all restoration planning, design and installation. New technologies have made the assessment process quick and low cost – certainly the best investment toward a successful enhancement or restoration project.
Assessments can do the following:
Reveal ecological potential and challenges;
Answer project feasibility questions;
Uncover hidden problems before you renew, repair or restore;
Provide baseline data for permitting and for comparison over time;
In advance of their Feb. 8-11, 2015 National Conference in Washington, DC, The Corps Network just released its 2014 annual report. The report recaps the good work of nearly 120 service and conservation corps, many partners, and supporters, to protect and restore our precious natural resources while offering young adults opportunities to improve their communities and grow personally.
Trout Headwaters looks forward to our Feb. 9 workshop at the conference where Waders in the Water program participants will share some of their experiences with this important green jobs program that continues to grow, and now reaches into 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Brett Walton, writing at the blog Circle of Blue www.circleofblue.org points up the huge potential consequences of a newly pending lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works that may affect both the reach and enforcement of the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The impending court action seeks to require three counties in Iowa to apply the same federal permitting process to certain types of farm pollution that industrial facilities must follow. The post quotes Graham Gillette, chairman of the Water Works board: ‘I don’t think any voluntary system will work. If we had adopted a voluntary system for air in the 1960s and 1970s, New York City would still look like Beijing today. We need some basic and achievable standards.’
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.
In a recent news story about the stalled Maryland nutrient program which is showing little outcome since 2008, The Baltimore Sun points up some of the concerns of environmentalists and other opponents of nutrient trading, settling on a lack of scientific verification and general lack of interest by landowners in the voluntary state run program. Among the claims in the story are fears that ‘privatizing environmental cleanup is ripe for fraud.’
All this comes as neighboring Virginia’s pollution trading program moves ahead and is touted for its “innovative market-based approach” to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. >Read More
California’s Proposition 1, known as the ‘Water Bond,’ passed in November’s election. The measure provides for $7.5 billion to fund water projects and programs addressing water conservation and recycling, groundwater cleanup and water storage — all pressing concerns as California continues in a deep drought.
Ever wonder about the value of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and wetlands? An analysis recently released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully implemented.
The peer-reviewed report, produced by economist Spencer Phillips and CBF Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee, compares the value of those benefits in 2009, the year before the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint began being implemented, to the benefits that can be expected as a result of fully implementing the Blueprint. >Read the Full Report via Chesapeake Bay Foundation
For nearly twenty years, Trout Headwaters and its clients have focused considerable energy and investment on trout habitat restoration. Our work has been to restore cold water habitats across the U.S., increasing biodiversity and restoring ecological function. Over this time unfortunately we have been witness to lots of invasive management and restoration techniques which damaged stream and wetlands systems, including inappropriate hatchery stockings. Some of these damaging so-called “restoration” projects were simply accidents or catastrophes (depending on scale) others have been part of some accepted ill-informed management strategy. See “Rotenone? 1952 Called and Wants Its Fisheries Management Strategy Back” for a pertinent example.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy writes in the Huffington Post: “To have clean water downstream in our rivers and lakes — and enjoy the economic growth clean water brings — we need healthy headwaters upstream. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of U.S. small business owners favor including small streams and headwaters in federal clean water protections, because every business in America needs clean water to thrive.” >Read the Full Op Ed