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Tippets: Florida’s Toxic Water, Beaver Dams & Stream Restoration, Tracking Fish Migrations, Unplugging Glen Canyon Dam

Posted on May 25 2016

  • Learn more about the petition to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to decrease levels of toxic chemicals in Florida’s waterways, via Progress Florida.
  • In Montana and California The Nature Conservancy is modeling stream restoration projects on the dam building of beavers. Kristen Podolak writes, “when beavers create dams and wetlands they reconnect floodplains, increase water storage, and may provide habitat for threatened species.” Via The Nature Conservancy.
  • Understanding fish migrations is necessary for protection and health of fisheries. And “The critical state of many fish migrations between rivers and oceans has a host of causes, mostly the unintended consequences of human activity.” Read more about tracking migratory fish and data collection via National Geographic.
  • Abrahm Lustgarten writes about the arguments for unplugging the Glen Canyon Dam and restoring natural flows to the Colorado River in this piece via The New York Times. “The Colorado River system is changing rapidly,” says Daniel Beard, a former commissioner of the federal Bureau of Reclamation, “we have a responsibility to reassess the fundamental precepts of how we have managed the river.”

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