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bos2After a Flood, How Do Insects and Other Invertebrates Recover?

Entomology Today – March 15, 2018
After a 100-year flood struck south central Oklahoma in 2015, a study of the insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates in the area revealed striking declines of most invertebrates in the local ecosystem, a result that researchers say illustrates the hidden impacts of natural disasters. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Cameron University compared the invertebrate community before and after the flood and found a 93 percent decrease in abundance, a 60 percent decrease in species presence, and a 64 percent decrease in biomass among insects and other invertebrates nine months post-flood. They also found the differences between above-ground and below-ground invertebrates to be largely erased. Only those creatures well-adapted to recolonizing a disturbed environment were quick to return. Read full story here.

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wppRebounding underwater grasses signal recovering Chesapeake Bay

By Joan Smedinghoff – Chesapeake Bay Program – March 6, 2018
Underwater grasses are a critical part of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Also known as submerged aquatic vegetation or SAV, underwater grasses are plants that grow in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Now, a new study finds that on-land nutrient reductions along with conservation initiatives have resulted in a rebounding underwater grass population, and ultimately a healthier Chesapeake Bay.  Read full blog here.

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bos2New Study Shows Flood Risks Across the U.S. are Underestimated (in a Big Way)

By Cara Byington – Cool Green Science – February 28, 2018
A new paper publishing today in Environmental Research Letters has some sobering news for people living in the Lower 48 states: you may be at risk from river flooding and not even know it until the waters start to rise. In fact, the study, “Estimates of present and future flood risk in the conterminous United States,” found that 41 million U.S. residents – about 13 percent of the entire population of the study area – are at risk from flooding along rivers. That’s about three times more than current estimates based on the regulatory flood maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which primarily map the areas at risk for 1-in-100-year floods in populous river basins. Read full blog post here.

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wppSenate must stop ignoring the National Flood Insurance Program 

By John Huff – Washington Examiner – March 5, 2018
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have increasingly relied on do-or-die deadlines to advance critical legislation and keep the government running. But this isn’t the case when it comes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The Senate continues to kick the can down the road on fixing this already-expired program, leaving millions of policyholders at risk when future storms strike. The one-size-fits-all National Flood Insurance Program, which has long been the only option for homeowners to purchase flood coverage, expired last fall and has needed more than $40 billion in taxpayer funds just to remain afloat. Read full story here.

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bos2Northam Must Act to Protect Clean Water from Pipelines

By Amy Mall – NRDC – February 26, 2018
A new report issued today, prepared by experts in water quality on behalf of NRDC, outlines the severe threats to clean water posed by construction and operation of fracked gas pipelines. The report discusses the significant threats to waterbodies crossed by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. It provides technical details and maps illustrating the potential harms to drinking water supplies for cities like Norfolk and Roanoke, native trout, communities of color like Emporia and Franklin, wetlands like the Great Dismal Swamp, streams that are already polluted, and the Chesapeake Bay.
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wppIncredible images of Los Angeles when it was covered in wetlands

By Leanna Garrfield – Business Insider – March 3, 2018
Before Los Angeles became the center of the film industry, it was covered in wetlands and farmland. The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project recently began mapping LA’s lost Ballona Creek watershed, which once spanned thousands of acres and ranged from freshwater ponds to marshes to meadows for several centuries. European colonists later came and formed the city’s first street grid, destroying around a third of these wetlands. Read full story here.

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bos2How an Alaskan Earthquake Caused Fish to Spawn in Death Valley

By Matthew L. Miller – Cool Green Science – February 13, 2018
Conservationists are fond of saying that everything is connected, so fond that the idea has become a bit of a cliché. Just how connected is the natural world? Consider this story. Recently, an earthquake off the coast of Alaska caused one of the world’s rarest fish to spawn, thousands of miles away in Death Valley National Park, Nevada. Read full blog post here.

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wppWater is Connected to Every Major Global Risk We Face

By Cora Kammeyer – Pacific Institute Insights – February 2, 2018
Water crises have been among the top five global risks in each of the last seven years, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). This year is no exception. ‘Water Crises’ is listed as the fifth-most impactful risk for 2018. In addition to being a major risk in its own right, water is also linked to many other of the most significant risks, social and environmental, confronting our society today. Read full story here.

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bos2Seaweed and Seagrass Buffer the Acidity of the Nearby Ocean

By Rachel Nuwer – Hakai Magazine – February 15, 2018
Ocean acidification is already threatening marine life around the world, and conditions are only expected to worsen in the coming years. But for certain shoreline environments, there may be a workaround. Researchers have discovered that marine vegetation such as seaweed and seagrass exert such a strong mitigating effect on local water acidification that they could alleviate some of the impacts on coastal ecosystems. Read full article here.

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wppOutcome-based contracting is about to reach a whole new level. Here’s why.

By Shannon Cunniff – Environmental Defense Fund – February 1, 2018
Even though it’s set to receive billions in settlement dollars after the 2010 Gulf oil spill, Louisiana will fall short of what’s needed to fully implement critical wetland restoration projects to better protect its fragile coast. Rather than scaling back ambition, however, the state is trying a new and emerging procurement approach – pay-for-performance contracting – to stretch the dollars. Read full blog post here.

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