Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Ecological value

Chesapeake Bay stream restoration efficacy examined

Bay Journal

Bay Journal

Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Rhode River near Edgewater, Md., underwent an extreme makeover earlier this year, and it’s still adjusting to being dramatically altered by a $1 million stream restoration project. Whether the creek has been “restored,” or just rehabilitated, remains to be seen. Its condition is being closely monitored by scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

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Frequency of coastal floods increasing in S.C.

McClatchy Newspapers

Most of the coastal floods in South Carolina during the past 66 years caused problems for residents only because of sea level rise, a new study indicates. The report puts the blame on human activity, the same notion behind the debate in the United States over climate change, but isn’t referring to major storms, such as Hurricane Matthew. Instead, it looks at what is called “nuisance flooding.”

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'Sponge park' feeds plants instead of Gowanus

Gowanus Patch

The Gowanus Canal's latest green infrastructure investment was officially unveiled on Friday: a "sponge park" that will absorb a million gallons of storm water each year, preventing it from flowing into the city's combined sewer system where it would otherwise help push raw sewage into the canal.

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