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On World Fish Migration Day, Recalling When America’s Rivers Ran Silver

New York Times: John Waldman is a Queens College biology professor and author focused on the bountiful past and potential restoration of the waters of the Northeast. I loved “Heartbeats in the Muck,” his history of the changing biology of the 1,500 square miles of New York Harbor, and am enjoying his new book, “Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations,” which achingly describes the bygone biological bounty of eastern waterways and lays out strategies for bringing back at least a… Continue reading

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Rivers and streams release more greenhouse gas than all lakes

ScienceDaily: Rivers and streams release carbon dioxide at a rate five times greater than the world’s lakes and reservoirs combined, contrary to common belief. Research from the University of Waterloo was a key component of the international study, the findings of which appear in a recent issue of the journal Nature Continue reading

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German flood damage insurance claims may reach €3bn

Associated Press: Damage from the past week’s flooding in Germany is expected to lead to insurance claims of up to EUR3bn (£2.5bn), a credit rating agency has said, as flood levels on the Elbe river in the country’s north appeared to stabilise. Further south, the peak of the flood on the Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, moved away from the Hungarian capital, Budapest, toward Serbia Continue reading

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More than half of Chinese rivers have “disappeared” since 1990s

Times: About 28,000 rivers have disappeared from China’s state maps, an absence seized upon by environmentalists as evidence of the irreversible natural cost of developmental excesses. More than half of the rivers previously thought to exist in China now appear to be missing, according to the 800,000 surveyors who compiled the first national water census, leaving Beijing fumbling to explain the cause. Continue reading

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EPA: The nation’s rivers are in sad shape

Mother Nature Network: From the largest urban rivers to the tiniest undisturbed creeks, nearly 2,000 locations in rivers and streams across the country were sampled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 and 2009. The findings, published in the National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008–2009, paint a dismal picture of the state of the nation’s waterways. The study found that more than 55 percent of our rivers and streams are in poor condition, posing health risks to fish, other wildlife and humans Continue reading

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In Drought-Stricken Heartland, Snow is No Savior

New York Times: After enduring last summer’s destructive drought, farmers, ranchers and officials across the parched Western states had hoped that plentiful winter snows would replenish the ground and refill their rivers, breaking the grip of one of the worst dry spells in American history. No such luck. Continue reading

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English Heritage launches study into effect of bridges on floods

Guardian: Ancient stone bridges with water pouring over the parapets, their narrow arches choked by fallen trees and debris washed down swollen rivers, have been recurring images in reporting the myriad floods of the past sodden years – and the bridges have often been blamed for damming the rivers’ flow and causing misery to nearby communities. As torrential rains wash away the snows, causing more floods in many parts of the country, English Heritage is launching a pilot study to establish whether the 7,000… Continue reading

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English Heritage launches study into effect of bridges on floods

Guardian: Ancient stone bridges with water pouring over the parapets, their narrow arches choked by fallen trees and debris washed down swollen rivers, have been recurring images in reporting the myriad floods of the past sodden years – and the bridges have often been blamed for damming the rivers’ flow and causing misery to nearby communities. As torrential rains wash away the snows, causing more floods in many parts of the country, English Heritage is launching a pilot study to establish whether the 7,000… Continue reading

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Utah board backs first US oil sands project

Associated Press: Utah gave its final approval Wednesday for the nation’s first commercial tar sands project, handing a victory to a Canadian company that aims to start producing 2,000 barrels of oil next year in the start of what could grow into a much larger operation. Continue reading

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Utah board backs first US oil sands project

Associated Press: Utah gave its final approval Wednesday for the nation’s first commercial tar sands project, handing a victory to a Canadian company that aims to start producing 2,000 barrels of oil next year in the start of what could grow into a much larger operation. The Utah Water Quality Board upheld the decision of state regulators and turned back an appeal from a Moab-based environmental group that vows to take up its fight in the state courts. Living Rivers has fought the project every step of the way,… Continue reading

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