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Map courtesy Nisqually Land Trust

Leslie Kaufman wrote this front-page piece published in the New York Times on Thursday, July 21, 20011,

Changes in the Air
Seeing Trends, Coalition Works to Help a River Adapt

NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Wash. For 10,000 years the Nisqually Indians have relied on chinook salmon for their very existence, but soon those roles are expected to reverse.

Based on current warming trends, climate scientists anticipate that in the next 100 years the Nisqually River will become shallower and much warmer. Annual snowpack will decline on average by half. The glacier that feeds the river, already shrunken considerably, will continue to recede…

To prepare for these and other potentially devastating changes, an unusual coalition of tribal government leaders, private partners and federal and local agencies is working to help the watershed and its inhabitants adapt. The coalition is reserving land farther in from wetlands so that when the sea rises, the marsh will have room to move as well; it is promoting hundreds of rain gardens to absorb artificially warmed runoff from paved spaces and keep it away from the river; and it is installing logjams intended to cause the river to hollow out its own bottom and create cooler pools for fish.

Read more from the New York Times report.

Read more from Kaufman’s Blog.

Read more about the Nisqually Land Trust’s River rafting Trip last weekend.

Posted by Steve on July 23, 2011 at 6:06 am | Permalink

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