Category Archives: Natural Resources

There’s a Volcano on our Project Site

Water is the life blood of any city, but its systems are not always pretty. So the two-million-gallon Forest Park Low Tank was embedded into the hillside to preserve the natural character of the area and leave unfettered views. However, … Continue reading

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Preserving Eelgrass While Remediating Legacy Contamination

What do you do when the State requires you to take action, yet prohibits that action? It’s a conundrum that takes imagination and determination. The Setup For over 100 years, several companies used the nearshore at the former Custom Plywood … Continue reading

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Diving In – The Promise of Social Marketing for Storm Water Education

  Individuals have a direct influence on storm water quality in their communities, and regulators strongly emphasize public education and involvement campaigns in municipal storm water management programs. But how can leaders convince residents to pick up after pets, reduce … Continue reading

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Invasions are not just military (Part 2)

  In a previous post about invasive species, we learned what invasion meant and who the invaders look like. Now let’s discuss how invasive species get a foot hold in the first place and what can be done about it. … Continue reading

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Invasions Are Not Just Military

One of the most destructive forces on an ecosystem is a non-native species with no natural predators or other natural controls. These species can overtake their new home in an extraordinarily short period of time by multiplying, consuming prey, and … Continue reading

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Applying Net Environmental Benefit Analysis to Contaminated Sites

First, do no harm…. Or at least don’t do more harm than good. That’s the idea behind NEBA—Net Environmental Benefit Analysis—as applied to the cleanup of contaminated sites. As defined by a vintage 1990s Department of Energy paper on the … Continue reading

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eDNA: A Powerful Tool for Scientists and Managers

Detecting the presence or absence of a species of interest is a common challenge for scientists and fisheries managers. Whether you’re interested in protecting an endangered species or removing an invasive species, knowing where they are or are not is … Continue reading

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