Friday, June 29, 2012

News Roundup

Today we're taking a break from featuring endangered species by state, but take a few minutes to see what we heard this week! Check back next week for features on the wonderful states of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.

NJ Cape May County Herald: Water and Praises Flow at Cox Hall Creek Event
VILLAS — Like an epic movie, it was 11 years in the making but the ending is monumental. On Wed., June 20, officials from Lower Township and county agencies cut a ribbon dedicating the Cox Hall Creek Improvement Project which removed a derelict sewage pumping station and sent a pipe to Delaware Bay to allow cleansing salt water in the phragmites reed clogged creek.
Over hundreds of years, attempts to control water flow has allowed invasive plants to crowd out other wildlife. This project is part of a long-term effort to control invasive wildlife along the Delaware Bay of New Jersey. A team is working to restore 87 acres of wetlands to control water quality and flooding, as well as provide habitats for our native wildlife. Through our Delaware Bay Estuary Project and New Jersey Field Office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided much-needed resources to complete this project.

The UK Guardian: A sustainable path for dams and fishes
A restoration project along Maine's Penobscot River will increase fish populations, keep energy generation constant and provide an example for other projects to follow
Last week, along Maine's Penobscot River, excavators emerged like brontosauruses from the forested riverbank and lumbered ponderously out on to the Great Works Dam. Their long yellow necks swayed across the structure and, on a signal, they began to nibble away at its ancient concrete. In so doing, the mechanical dinosaurs began the process of freeing the Penobscot from more than a century of confinement and launched one of the most ambitious river restoration projects ever.
We helped this project get off the ground 13 years ago and have continued to provide support to our partners since. Read more about it. 

Washington Post: Escapes: Rebuilding Maryland’s wild islands
Poplar Island is a work in progress, but it’s still one of the coolest free tours I’ve stumbled upon. The island, 12 miles south of the Bay Bridge, is one of several sites that Maryland is rebuilding, using material dredged from the bay’s shipping channels. To keep the shipping industry competitive, the state has to deepen the bay by an average of 21 feet to accommodate large cargo ships, which need 50 feet.
Our Chesapeake Bay Field Office is working with a whole suite of federal, state and non-governmental partners to restore the island and 1,100 acres of wetland and upland habitat using dredged material from Baltimore’s shipping-channel. Read about a recent project there.

NH Hippo magazine: Saving the New England cottontail (page 6)
The rabbits are in trouble. There are probably about 50 to 100 New England cottontail rabbits left in New Hampshire, and there are none left in Vermont. Habitat loss is at the heart of the cottontails' demise. Officials are working to save these rabbits, and that means cutting down some trees.
Wildlife agencies and partners are pooling resources to rebuild habitat and populations that will reverse the rate at which the New England cottontail is disappearing from our region. Work that helps the cottontail reaches far beyond the rabbit hole, as more than 100 kinds of wildlife, such as the American woodcock, golden-winged warbler, and wood turtle, need it too. Read more about New England's only native rabbit.

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