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Coverage of freshwater since November 9, 2021.

Mid-afternoon collision sends three to hospital

"...The crash happened at the intersection of Freshwater Road and Thorburn Road, and tangled westbound traffic for close to an hour. Traffic traveling west on Freshwater Road was redirected up Thorburn Road..."

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Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

"...Before logging, the forest canopy helps to collect rainfall and shade snowpack, slowing down the springtime melt, Alila said. The trees also pump moisture out of the ground, increasing the soil’s capacity to absorb runoff, he said. Clearcutting or logging everything in a given cutblock dominated the province’s forest industry in the latter half of the 20th century and it’s commonly practised in combination with different approaches that leave more trees standing..."

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Sustainable U: Fast fashion and its environmental impact

"...This consists of both water consumption and water pollution. For starters, it’s not surprising that the fashion industry is a super-soaker consumer of freshwater with textile dying being the second largest polluter of water streams globally. It takes up to 2,000 gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans..."

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FOREST INK: Ecotourism in Ancient Boreal forests

"...With all the restrictions on travelling and impacts of climate change maybe it is time to think about visiting some unique areas in our own backyard..."

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Ecotourism in ancient boreal forests

"...Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer..."

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Schools of mollie fish

"...We've all seen sports spectators performing "the wave," where crowds of people stand up then sit back down to simulate a wave moving through the stadium. Well, schools of a certain fish have been found to perform a similar action, in order to keep from being eaten. The sulphur mollie (Poecilia sulphuraria) is a small freshwater fish which gets its name from the fact that it's found mainly in hydrogen-sulphide-rich springs..."

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Centre-city collisions keep crews busy

"...The first occurred at about 2:15 p. m. on Freshwater Road near Carnell's Funeral Home..."

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How Effective is Catch and Release Fishing?

"...When it comes to managing fisheries in the wake of growing angling demand and increasing stressors on native fish populations, catch and release fishing is, far and away, the most widely practiced conservation method. This often voluntary form of conservation allows anglers, at the individual and population level, to minimize the impact that recreational angling has on an area while still maintaining the important social and economic benefits fishing has to society..."

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Western Painted Turtle Nesting Beach on the Sunshine Coast

"...The western painted turtle is the only native freshwater turtle in BC and is an endangered species. One of the primary factors threatening these turtles is the loss of their nesting habitat. Painted turtles nest in the sand of sunny and south-facing beaches, shorelines and clearings around lowland lakes..."

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B.C. study shows sustainable management of salmon fishery before colonization

"...It then used a polymerase chain reaction or PCR test to screen for the Y chromosome, which would indicate the fish was male. The test found that bones from male fish markedly outnumbered females at two of the village sites, while something closer to a 50:50 ratio would be expected if the fish were being harvested at random, said Tom Royle, one of the study’s co-authors. The study marked the first time the genetic technique was used on archeological fish remains, said Royle, a post-doctoral student at Simon Fraser University..."

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The Nature Trust of BC Protects 160 Acres of Ecologically Important Land near Port Neville

"...“Through the ongoing support and generosity of our partners and donors, we are delighted to be able to protect the first parcel of land on The Shoal Creek Estuary,” said Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC. “The diversity of species and habitats protected by this project exemplifies the importance of acquiring, protecting and enhancing estuaries along the B. C coastline..."

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Jobs in freshwater

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Intermediate Biologist

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"...Wilderness and some of BC’s largest freshwater lakes where sport fishing is a popular activity for both locals and tourists surround Burns Lake..."

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Aquatics Scientist

"...forests of New Brunswick to the barrens of Newfoundland and Labrador, with projects focusing on mining, power and transportation..."

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Freshwater Fisheries and Permitting Specialist

"...The successful candidate will have a passion for the freshwater aquatic environment and possess a deep knowledge and understanding of works affecting fish and fish habitat..."

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Recent episodes that mention freshwater.

Rivers: Pollution, pesticides and poop

Duration: 34:10

"...With untreated sewage, fertiliser nutrients, agriculture chemicals and ALL SORTS ending up in our rivers in the UK through a variety of ways, we turn our attention to some of our beautiful freshwater habitats. ..."

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6/12/20 - Conference on Great Lakes Research; Clean Water Ambassadors

Duration: 02:35

"...Freshwater researchers gathered online this week for the Conference on Great Lakes Research..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about freshwater.

Sustainable Ocean Economy | Virtual Ocean Dialogues

"...The unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic – with impacts on ports, industries and workers – risk leaving many people undernourished and vulnerable without the services provided by the ocean economy..."

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Is the St. Lawrence River healthy? | Science in Action

"...CAROLINE GIRARD (Head, National Coordination and Integration, Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance, Environment and Climate Change Canada): ..."

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Aquaponic farms in shipping containers: The future of food? | Challengers by Freethink

"...Aquaponic shipping containers: The future of food? | Mike Straight, Founder & CEO of FarmPod ..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about freshwater relevant to the latest news.

The health, environmental, and economic dimensions of future dietary transitions in Argentina

"..., GHG emissions, total land occupation, cropland use, fossil energy use, freshwater consumption, and the emission of eutrophying pollutants)..."

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Climate Change a Great Threat to Fisheries

"...In recent years, the fisheries sector has been confronting with numerous challenges (including natural and anthropogenic) such as natural disasters, climate change, industrialization, environmental pollution, and overfishing..."

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Metal Transport and Its Impact on Coastal Ecosystem

"...Heavy metal pollution has risen as an alarming threat in the aquatic systems, including coastal ecosystems comprising of mangroves, salt marshes, wetlands, bays, and estuaries..."

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Prioritization of Pesticides for Assessment of Risk to Aquatic Ecosystems in Canada and Identification of Knowledge Gaps

"...Based on rank, a sub-group of seven were chosen as the top-priority pesticides, including three herbicides (atrazine, diquat, and S-metolachlor), three insecticides (chlorpyrifos, clothianidin, and permethrin), and one fungicide (chlorothalonil)..."

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The Importance of Small Water Bodies? Conservation for Maintaining Local Amphibian Diversity in the Western Balkans

"...In these times of aggressive and enormous anthropogenic alterations of freshwater aquatic habitats throughout the Western Balkans, including drying out, pollution or the introduction of invasive species, the value of small water bodies (SWB) as refugia for local amphibians is clearly increasing..."

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Water?Food?Energy Nexus in the Context of Climate Change: Developing a Water Security Index for Water Resource Management in Vi

"...Study results to deliver a comprehensive review of water, food, and energy nexus in Vietnam and to propose using water security index and coupled water?energy?food modeling for better water resources management plans in the context of climate change..."

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Role of Modern Biotechnology in the Era of River Water Pollution

"...This is an approach to implement advanced scientific technologies such as; microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, metagenomics and other omics platforms to observe, analyze, and manage the information obtained from aquatic ecosystems to develop superior biotechnological methods to maintain the quality of freshwater..."

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Microplastics exposure causes oxidative stress and microbiota dysbiosis in planarian Dugesia japonica

"...Planarians are widely used as water quality indicator species to provide early warning of harmful pollution in aquatic ecosystems..."

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The Roles of Competition and Facilitation in Producing Zonation Along an Experimental Flooding Gradient: a Tale of Two Tails wi

"...Models guiding wetland restoration need to include competition as well as flood duration as causal factors, but not facilitation..."

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A Tale of Three Himalayan Towns: Would Payment for Ecosystem Services Make Drinking Water Supply Sustainable?

"...Rapid urbanization coupled with climate change is causing the rapid disappearance of natural springs resulting in water shortage in the urban areas..."

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Comparing the environmental impacts of paracetamol dosage forms using life cycle assessment

"...The midpoint impact assessment results show that syrup production has 90% contribution in climate change impact category and more than 50% environment impact in fine particulate matter formation, fossil depletion, freshwater consumption, freshwater eutrophication, freshwater ecotoxicity, ionizing radiation, photochemical ozone formation, stratospheric ozone depletion, and terrestrial ecotoxicity midpoint impact categories..."

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Gastropods in Small Water Bodies of the Western Balkans?Endangerments and Threats

"...The most significant threats to the diversity of freshwater gastropods in small streams are habitat degradation (physical destruction of habitats due to mini hydropower plants construction, hydro-technical works related to flood protection, faulty forest management excavation of material), and water abstraction..."

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