Trout Making Progress on Long Road Back from Acid Rain

A new report from the University of Virginia found that between 1987 and 2000 only 55 to 57 percent of streams sampled were suitable to brook trout reproduction. But between 2000 and 2010 that number had jumped to 77 percent. According to the researchers, the lag in improvement reflected “the streams’ ability to purge acidification that has settled for years into surrounding soils and that continues to leach into streams.”

The lesson here is that turning back regulations might allow polluters to make a quick buck, but results in long-term expenses for the rest of society.  (Field & Stream Conservationist Blog 2011)

Read the full post HERE @ The Conservationist Blog (Field & Stream)

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