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In the News: Waterways Getting Saltier

Photo by Thomas Brueckner

Both the Associated Press and the Washington Post have articles about how road salt is affecting our rivers, streams, and brooks:

Washington Post: The nation’s rivers and streams are getting dangerously saltier

Associated Press on ABC News: Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger

Conservation Corridors in Urbanized Landscapes

“…research by Nick Haddad, a conservation biologist at the University of Michigan’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has demonstrated substantial improvements in biodiversity from corridors as little as 25 yards in width, well within the range, he says, of “what’s reasonable in urban landscapes.”

From:

Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive.

http://e360.yale.edu/features/habitat-on-the-edges-making-room-for-wildlife-in-an-urbanized-world

A Bit of GWLT History: Worcester’s Top 10 Conservation Targets

 1987
PROPERTY ACRES STATUS
Cascades Park East/West 60.56 Saved
Coal Mine Brook 71.15 Partially Saved, Lost & Outstanding
Stratton Hill 126.80 Lost
Nick Chase Estate 59.30 Saved
Broggard Farm & Higgins Estate 319.86 Lost
Poor Farm Brook North 85.43 Patially Lost & Outstanding
Parson’s Estate 28.00 Saved
God’s Acre 17.15 Saved
Broad Meadow Brook +/- 245.05 Saved
Crow Hill 42.25 Saved (57.46 acres)

 

 1996
PROPERTY ACRES STATUS
Cascades Park East 41.26 Saved (30.86 acres)
Catholic Charities (Parcel K)(AKA Broad Meadow Brook Savannah) 85.00 Saved
Coes Reservoir Abutters 100.26 Saved
Crow Hill 33.65 Saved (57.46 acres)
Higgins Estate 115.17 Lost
Kettle Brook North 29.60 Saved
Laurel Mountain (AKA Bovenzi) 126.57 Saved
Poor Farm Brook North 46.73 Patially Lost & Outstanding
Stoddard Estate/Brooks 43.62 Outstanding
Wigwam Hill and Coal Mine Brook 47.70 Partially Saved, Lost & Outstanding

 

 1998
PROPERTY ACRES STATUS
Cascades Park East 41.26 Saved (30.86 acres)
Catholic Charities (Parcel K) (AKA Broad Meadow Brook Savannah) 85.00 Saved
Crow Hill 33.65 Saved (57.46 acres)
Higgins Estate 115.17 Lost
Kettle Brook North 29.60 Saved
Laurel Mountain (AKA Bovenzi) 126.57 Saved
Logan Field Extension (AKA Fowler Brook Gorge) 31.03 Partially Lost & Partially Saved
Poor Farm Brook North 46.73 Partially Lost & Outstanding
Stoddard Estate/Brooks 43.62 Outstanding
Wigwam Hill and Coal Mine Brook 47.70 Partially Saved, Lost & Outstanding
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