July 1, 2010


Gaomei wetland sustains serious environmental disaster

The Gaomei wetland in central Taiwan's Taichung County, one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries along Taiwan's coastline, has been polluted by waste heavy oil dumped by unknown sources, environmental officials said Wednesday.

The waste oil pollution, stretching for nearly 2 kilometers and covering some 1,000 square meters of the wetland, is the worst man-made environmental damage the sanctuary has sustained in recent memory, said Jiang Chu-nung, head of the central Taiwan environmental monitoring corps under the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration.

. . . After leading a group of Tunghai University professors to inspect the polluted region Wednesday morning, Lee said an endangered wetland plant species Bolboschoenus planiculmis (F. Schmidt) T. Koyama was seriously polluted and might be wiped out. Other special wetland species such as fiddler crabs and various fish have also sustained damage, she added.

Focus Taiwan News Channel - focustaiwan.tw
30 June 2010
C Ching-ping and S Wu
Photo courtesy of Focus Taiwan
Location: Gaomei wetland, Taichung County, Taiwan - Map It

Hundreds of dead fish reported in Potomac River

Hundreds of fish carcasses found in the Potomac River since June 13 might have been a macabre sight, but researchers say the mortalities are not the result of toxic water conditions; it is likely the high temperatures.

The several hundred Channel Catfish found dead between the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., area of the Shenandoah River and Great Falls on the Potomac River likely succumbed to a bacterial disease brought on by a rapid increase in water temperature, low oxygen levels and natural environmental stresses at end of their spawning season, said Chris Luckett, natural resources planner with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The Gazette - www.gazette.net
30 June 2010
C Calamaio
Location: between Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - Map It and Great Falls, Maryland, USA - Map It

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Develops Strategy to Help Waterfowl and other Migratory Birds Weather the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

In a few weeks, millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds will soon begin their fall migration to wintering and stopover habitat along the Gulf Coast. In anticipation of this event, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with partners to anticipate and minimize the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill on these birds.

The Service will continue to monitor the impact of the ongoing spill on waterfowl, and will take those impacts into account when establishing waterfowl hunting frameworks for the upcoming season.

Working with conservation partners, the Service is also preparing to implement a range of on-the-ground habitat conservation and management measures near the oil-impact area in the Gulf designed to minimize the entrance of oil into managed habitats along the Gulf and to enhance the availability of migratory bird food resources outside the oil impact area.

PIER System - www.piersystem.com
30 June 2010
Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo credit: J Sitters/ETH Zurich
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