Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.

Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity fish construction dams rivers freshwater-biology roads eels

Cuba's clean rivers show the benefits of reducing nutrient pollution

Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.

Amanda H. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Geology, Oberlin College and Conservatory • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: agriculture united-states rivers trump-administration cuba nutrient-pollution science-diplomacy agroecology obama-administration

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

Efforts to engineer Britain's rivers over the past 75 years have only made flooding worse.

George Heritage, Honorary Research Fellow in Hydromorphology, University of Salford • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: flooding rivers flood-defences cumbria-floods

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.

Jon Honea, Assistant Professor of Science, Emerson College • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change water flooding fisheries dams rivers ecosystem-recovery california maine hydropower

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don't fail

Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.

Julian D. Olden, Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  brazil  canada  dams  water-pollution  mining  regulation  rivers  alaska  heavy-metals  mine-tailings

Ice on Earth’s rivers is in rapid decline

For every degree of increase in global temperature, there will be about 6 days less of ice per year on rivers that freeze, researchers say.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: climate-change greenhouse-gas ice rivers temperature earth-and-environment

Why the Nile River hasn’t changed course in 30 million years

The path of the Nile River has remained unchanged for about 30 million years. Now scientists know why.

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: geology rivers earth-and-environment ancient-history topography mantle

Ankle bracelets for hippos could keep them safe

"If you don't know where a hippo goes, how in the world can you design a thoughtful management plan?"

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Nov. 4, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: conservation rivers science-and-technology hippos

Rivers used as 'open sewers', says WWF charity

The WWF said it was "very unlikely" that pollution reduction targets would be met without new laws.

By Daniel Wainwright & Paul Bradshaw • bbcnews
Aug. 22, 2019 ~9 min

Tags:  environment  water  water-pollution  rivers  river-thames  anglian-water  severn-trent  northumbrian-water  environment-agency  world-wildlife-fund-for-nature-wwf

Raise costs for water in cities to better handle droughts?

A new simulation shows how changing the incentives for using and storing water could help deal with droughts while also meeting demand.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture water money rivers earth-and-environment droughts

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