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Robert Rice - NFC president   www.nativefish.org

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Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 11:52:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: RiverCurrents: March 29, 2002
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RiverCurrents: March 29, 2002

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* California: Los Padres NF rivers protected
* Arizona: Native fish imperiled
* Alaska: Oil drilling poses threat to wildlife

"Keeping a Promise to the Land"
-- by award-winning author Janisse Ray

"A Mountain of Dry Irony"
-- Stephen Phelps reports from Hazel Mountain, VA

* Readers share their ideas

* Dam removal workshop

* Rivers steward named Conservationist of the Year

* NAS: Riparian restoration should be national goal

* "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood"


American Rivers will release the 16th annual report on the
Nation's Most Endangered Rivers.

Visit www.AmericanRivers.org on Tuesday to find out if a 
river in your area made the list!



1)        CALIFORNIA
Rivers in Los Padres National Forest receive protection

Two rivers and one creek in Los Padres National Forest will finally 
be protected, thanks to a settlement approved by a federal judge 
this week.

The Big Sur River, Sisquoc River and Sespe Creek were listed in 1992 
under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, but environmental groups say 
the Forest Service had failed to comply with the Act.

"We have sat down with the Forest Service and crafted a reasonable 
compromise," Brent Plater, an attorney with the Center for Biological 
Diversity, told the Associated Press (3-23-02).

The Forest Service has agreed to develop a thorough management plan 
by the end of 2003. Until then, it will prohibit oil and gas 
development, road construction and livestock grazing along the 
corridors of the Big Sur River, Sisquoc River and Sespe Creek. (The 
river corridor is defined as one-quarter mile in width on either side 
of the water channel).

The endangered California condor makes its home along the Sisquoc 
and Sespe Creek.

"The Forest Service manages most of this nation's wild and scenic 
rivers and it is unfortunate that they have to be sued to do their 
job," said Kristen McDonald, with American Rivers' Wild and Scenic 
Rivers Program. 

American Rivers estimates at least 20 wild and scenic rivers lack the 
required management plans. "The Center for Biological Diversity's new 
Wild and Scenic Rivers' campaign is critical in the fight to protect 
our last remaining wild rivers," McDonald added.

Click here for more about wild & scenic rivers:

2)        ARIZONA
Arizona's native fish threatened 

The Arizona Game & Fish Department has launched a public awareness 
campaign about the importance of native fish (as opposed to non-
native fish introduced or "imported" to the state's rivers and 

It's a good thing, since all but eight of the 32 remaining species of 
Arizona's native fish are listed as endangered or threatened. And, as 
reports the Arizona Republic (3-25-02), "almost every one is gone 
from the lower Verde and Salt rivers, where many of these fish once 

The state imports non-native fish, such as trout, carp, bluegill, 
catfish, walleye, and bass to support its $350 million sport fishing 
industry. As reports the Republic, "Biologists say the imports are 
the major obstacle in the natives' struggle for survival."

The non-native fish can out-compete the native fish for food and 
habitat. Non-natives can also feed off the natives or their eggs. 
Each loss of a native fish weakens the web that holds ecosystems 
together, and serves as an indicator to the overall health of the 
state's rivers.

Study: Oil drilling poses threat to wildlife

A new study by government scientists shows that caribou and other
wildlife would face significant risks if the Arctic National 
Wildlife Refuge is opened to oil drilling.

The report is being released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Drilling in the refuge is one of the top energy priorities of the
Bush administration.

"Once again the administration has released a report undermining 
its own case," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., claiming the 
findings confirm "the environmental destruction that would occur" 
if the refuge were opened to oil development. 
(Anchorage Daily News, 3-29-02)

As reports the Anchorage Daily News, the study "concludes that the 
Porcupine caribou herd, which uses the coastal plain for calving 
each summer, "may be particularly sensitive to development" because 
it has little quality habitat elsewhere and historically it has 
been shown that calf survival is linked to the animals' ability 
to move freely." 


"Keeping a Promise to the Land"
-- by award-winning author Janisse Ray

When I was a girl, we often talked of a mythic piece of land along 
the Altamaha River in Appling County, Georgia. It was called Moody 

Alligators marbled the duckweed of the shadowy sloughs and panther 
tracks in the bottoms slowly filled with dark water. People got lost 
back in there; hunters got confused and spent the night in hollow 

The land was owned by Jake Moody, a spare, fiery-eyed man drawn by 
arthritis at a young age. Jake was a pioneer conservationist and his 
epic love for the tall pines is a story we still tell among 

Read the full story:


April 18 workshop on dam removal in the Midwest

Many dams built in the Midwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s 
have been slowly breaking down over time and are now in need of 

At a hands-on workshop on April 18, at Purdue Calumet, in Hammond, 
Indiana, the focus will be on dam removal as a good alternative to 



"A Mountain of Dry Irony"
-- Stephen Phelps reports from Hazel Mountain, VA

Whether it's due to coal mining, pollution or drought, tens of 
thousands of families in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and 
Tennessee have been left with virutally no source of running water.

Read the full story:



A USA Today analysis of data from the USGS found that 57
rivers in our country reached record low levels this month. 
While parts of the country are suffering from a drought,
increasing development is putting demands on rivers across 
the nation. Water conservation is becoming more important 
than ever before.

This week, two readers share their strategies for conserving
water at home. If you have water and/or energy conservation
ideas of your own, please email them to asouers at amrivers_org
and we'll share them here.

1) From J. & M. Heumann
Keep a 5 gallon bucket in the bathroom and run the water in it 
when you warm up the water before taking  a shower.  Then use 
the water in the bucket bucket to flush the toilet, water plants, etc.

2) From J. Andersen
My family and I live in arid Denver, Colorado and we always look for 
ways to conserve water. We have a large empty pitcher in the kitchen 
and bathrooms to collect water when we are trying to get cold or hot 
water. If I am shaving and need hot water, I let the water collect in 
the pitcher until it is hot. I can then use this water for 
houseplants or for cooking. In the kitchen instead of the water going 
down the drain waiting for cool water we collect it and use it 
elsewhere. We never let water run when brushing teeth or shaving. We 
have saved many gallons which we now see have been worthwhile as 
Colorado is in the third year of a drought.


Rivers steward named Conservationist of the Year

Gerrit Jobsis has been named the 2001 Conservationist of the Year 
by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Gerrit, a former fisheries biologist with the South Carolina 
Department of Natural Resources, is the rivers coordinator with 
the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.

Meet Gerrit:


Restoration of riparian functions along our nation's rivers 
and streams should be a national policy goal, according to 
the The National Academy of Sciences. Get the report, 
"Riparian Areas: Functions and Strategies for Management" --




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"Ecology of a Cracker Childhood" by Janisse Ray

"In [this book], you can open any page and out will fall words 
like pressed flowers and autumn leaves, vivid souvenirs of joy 
and loss....A memoir, a family history, and the ecology of a 
dying place, the book pivots between land and people, embracing 
both as rare and fragile. We are swept along like the resinous 
odor of pine needles in the balmy wind." (Bloomsbury Review)

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