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bos2Sometimes we don’t even know what we’ve lost

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – September 4, 2019
Such is the curse of salmon’s shifting baseline: coming to accept as normal what is in fact a diminished state of affairs. Usually baselines are set according to present circumstances. Sometimes, though, it’s the historical record against which the present moment is measured—and when that history is revised, our understanding of the present, of where the baseline ought to be, undergoes a radical shift. That’s the case with Canada’s Skeena River, the nation’s second-largest salmon watershed, which until recently teemed with wild sockeye salmon. The salmon—who are vital to the food security of Indigenous peoples and wild animals, the prosperity of commercial fishers, and the transport of ecosystem-sustaining nutrients throughout the watershed—are generally thought to have declined moderately since the mid-20th century. Read full article here.

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What was once lush and thriving

Bay Sarina Katz – Restore America’s Estuaries – September 10, 2019
A groundbreaking report recently published by NOAA and its partners uses new technology and data to determine that West Coast estuaries have lost nearly 85% of their historical acreage. According to the study, estuaries in California, Oregon, and Washington once covered nearly 2 million acres, an area three times the size of Rhode Island. As humans began altering and developing the land in the early 1800s to support the Industrial Revolution, the size of these tidelands drastically decreased. This lush tidal vegetation supports an array of birds and wildlife, and serves as critical nursery habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead making their way from freshwater to the sea. Read full story here.

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bos2Manoomin: Food that grows on the water

Wisconsin Wetlands Association – August 28, 2019
While wetlands are well known for their diversity and productivity, not many wetland lovers in the state head out to the marsh with the intent of gathering one of the most nutritious and delicious foods the region has to offer: the seeds of Zizania palustris, or northern wild rice. Read full story here.

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What Are the Hidden Co-Benefits of Green Infrastructure?

By Anuradha Varnaasi – State of the Planet – Earth Institute  – September 3, 2019
Around 72 percent of New York City’s land is covered in an impervious layer of concrete, living up to its hype as the “concrete jungle” that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z sang about in “Empire State of Mind.” This city might be “where dreams are made,” but unfortunately a lot of sewage and pollution are made here, too. And thanks to all of these impermeable surfaces, heavy rains often wash untreated sewage and urban run-off into nearby rivers. In an effort to reduce environmental and health problems related to stormwater runoff, in 2011, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection planned on spending $1.5 billion to turn 8,000 acres of ‘concrete jungle’ into green spaces. Read full blog post here.

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bos2Nature-based solutions can help New York and New Jersey adapt to rising seas and intensifying storms

By Steve Koller Environemental – Defense Fund – August 19, 2019
With peak hurricane season upon us and what seems like daily coverage of record storms, floods, and ice melt, climate adaptation solutions should be top of mind for individuals and governments alike. After all, recent data show billion-dollar disaster events continue to take place with increasing frequency. Here in New York, many are wondering whether we’ll be ready when the next big storm hits. An emerging consensus —even among local elected leaders —seems to be: “Nope.” Read full blog post here.

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CT: Connecticut’s largest saltmarsh to be restored using Superfund moneye

By Gregory B. Hladky – Hartford Courant – August 20, 2019
State and federal officials plan to use more than $1 million from Superfund penalty settlements to restore the largest remaining saltmarsh in Connecticut at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Stratford. Most of the money is coming from environmental penalties paid because of major pollution at the location of the Lordship Point Gun Club, formerly known as the Remington Gun Club, and at the old Raymark Industries site. Read full story here.

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bos2Invasive insect poses unprecedented threat to urban forests

By Dylan Reynolds – Chesapeake Bay Program – August 16, 2019
In 2002, a green, jewel-like beetle was discovered in southeastern Michigan. Only a half-inch in length, this nonnative insect has proven to be invasive, killing hundreds of millions of ash trees across the United States. Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) calls the emerald ash borer “the most destructive invasive forest insect ever to have invaded North America” and some estimate that the beetle could do $20 to $60 billion dollars in damage if left unchecked. The emerald ash borer has been reported in 35 states across the country, including all six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and Washington D.C. Read full blog post here.

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In North Carolina, novel legal maneuver deployed against Atlantic Coast Pipeline

By Elizabeth Ouzts – Energy News Network – August 21, 2019
With the Atlantic Coast Pipeline mired in federal lawsuits and its construction stalled indefinitely, North Carolina environmental advocates are attempting a novel legal maneuver to stop the gas project from ever coming to the Tar Heel State. Friends of the Earth and the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition have filed a petition with the administration of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, asking officials to revoke a key water quality certificate they issued for the pipeline early last year. Read full story here.

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bos2Seldom Seen: A Poignant Look Back at Glen Canyon Before the Dam

YaleEnvironment360 – August 15, 2019 – Video
When Ken Sleight first floated through Utah’s Glen Canyon in 1955, he fell in love with its majestic landscape of red rock ravines and lush green Colorado River riverbed. He became a rafting guide, leading trips through a place where, he says, “You were in heaven, actually.” But even then, the mammoth Glen Canyon Dam was being built downstream in Arizona, and when the dam was completed in 1963, the canyon was flooded. Sleight, now 88, watched as the water quickly rose up the cliff walls, obliterating the riverbanks and side canyons. Read full story and view video here.

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Hard-working termites crucial to forest, wetland ecosystems

Science Daly – August 14, 2019
Termites are unwelcome in your home. They can cause structural damage to the wood in frames, floors and other materials. It’s nothing personal, though. They are really just looking for food sources. But, outside, in the natural environment, termites are part of an entire ecological system. Their role is to help turn dead trees into valuable organic matter. Read full story here.

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