The Watershed Game challenges, informs decision-makers

photo: The Watershed Game

Photo: Angie Hong, East Metro Water Resources Education Program, facilitates the Watershed Game aboard a St. Croix riverboat.

When Angie Hong is reaching out with water education in Washington County, it doesn’t matter if she’s talking to people who are conservative- or liberal-minded. “Everybody cares about water,” says Hong, who is with the East Metro Water Resources Education Program.

Hong would know. She has spent the last 12 years teaching … [more…]

Petition against spraying herbicide to be heard by FWC

photo: spraying herbicide into open waters

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/Courtesy of James Abernethy. FWC employs private contractors at a cost of millions of dollars a year in Florida to spray waterbodies in an effort to control invasive hydrilla.

Advocates of clean water in Florida are jumping on a bandwagon that started rolling late last summer when marine life expert Jim Abernethy of West Palm Beach started a petition calling for the Florida Fish … [more…]

Seabirds Return to Desecheo Island One Year After Restoration

photo: birds nesting. Seabirds Return to Desecheo Island One Year After Restoration

One year after Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico was declared free of invasive species, Island Conservation and partners are beginning to see signs of recovery, including Audubon’s Shearwaters sighted on the island for the first time and new Bridled Tern nests discovered.

Historians say that you could hardly see the sky for the birds. This was once upon a time on Desecheo Island, a National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. … [more…]

Washington state to use dog to detect invasive mussels on boats

photo: Washington state plans to use dog to detect invasive mussels on boats

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows a group of zebra mussels. Government officials are cracking down on ships that allow in invasive species. (Anonymous/The Associated Press)

Quagga and zebra mussels siphon in water to pluck out microscopic organisms that can throw food chains out of balance, and their sheer numbers in attaching to surfaces can clog pipes at reservoirs and damage boat motors.

A dog could … [more…]

Water and wetlands

Water and wetlands

Wynchnor Washland — part of Staffordshire WT’s Farming Floodplains For the Future project (credit Nick Mott)

Wetlands are vital part of our natural world – the lives of animals, plants and people depend on their health. Wetlands provide food, water, transport networks, help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events and are places of beauty and inspiration.

The Wildlife Trusts have been helping to lead wetland conservation in the UK … [more…]