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Tualatin River Planting Saves Environment and Money 
Another object lesson in the costs of damaging an environment, and the consequent benefits of restoring its natural qualities, comes from Washington County. There, efforts to restore riparian zones by planting native foliage have paid off in a big way. The Oregonian expands: http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2015/12/tualatin_river_planting_effort.html#incart_river_index

Global Fishing Grossly Under-reported 
A recent analysis by researchers from the University of British Columbia questions the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates for the annual take from the world’s oceans. The scientists assert that the actual take runs almost a third higher than reported, and is declining. The BBC has details: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35347446

Plastic in Oceans to Outweigh Fish by 2050 
With no end in sight to the avalanche of plastics dumping into our oceans, with fish stocks dwindling and their habitat eroding, it is now estimated that the plastic fouling our seas will outweigh the fish living in it, within 34 years. The Huffington Post reports: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oceans-plastic-fish-2050_us_569e9963e4b00f3e986327a0

Obama Vetoes Bill Ending Protection for Smaller Streams 
Attempts to curtail the reach of the Clean Water Act have gone down to a presidential veto. Despite the fact that pollution in smaller streams flows into larger streams, commercial interests continue to seek the means to foul the waters of the tributaries. Al Jazeera America has the story: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/19/obama-vetoes-bill-killing-smaller-stream-regulation.html

Global Warming Threat to Wetlands 
Wetlands have been under assault by human activities for centuries. Climate change promises to bring new perils to the viability of these vital environments. Given the major carbon sink that wetlands provide, the issue is complex, with troubling ramifications. The Smithsonian provides a look at some research trying to get a hancle on the challenges: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/worlds-wetlands-it-may-be-sink-or-swim-heres-why-it-matters-180957808/?no-ist

Governor Designates Molalla and Chetco Stretches Scenic 
Governor Kate Brown recently approved designation of portions of the Molalla and Chetco rivers State Scenic Waterways. The Oregonian has more on this move to protect the natural values of these waterways: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/01/gov_kate_brown_approves_new_st.html#incart_river_index

 

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