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The Importance of the Wet Meadow

June 28th, 2016 | Posted by Lee

In the latest post in the American Rivers series about restoring the St. Lawrence River, one of America’s most endangered, Dr. Douglas A. Wilcox, Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science at SUNY—The College at Brockport, lays out the case for a more natural water levels management plan to ensure a healthy River:
“Put simply, variability matters. . . This has been happening for thousands of years [on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River], and the biological communities, both plant and animal, have evolved to depend on those conditions. . . The damaging and unnatural water-level regulation plan instituted after the Moses Saunders Dam was built has thrown a wrench in this natural cadence. This [out-dated] plan attempts to keep year-to-year water-level patterns static, which is the absolute worst thing you could ever do to a Great Lakes wetland. . .

Plan 2014 seeks to reestablish more natural environmental conditions while continuing to provide support for other interests and should be supported by everyone.”

The full post is here and worth a read.


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