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Watershed and Invasive Species Education - Defending the Marina

The Fern Ridge Reservoir just west of Eugene, Ore., is a popular recreation spot for boaters and swimmers during the spring and summer months. The marina attracts freshwater sailors and provides ample fishing opportunities for anglers. There's only one problem: An invasive species is steadily taking over the lake, and the worse it gets, the less welcoming the lake becomes.

State Worker Profile: Julie Whalen, Southern Willamette Valley park manager

Name: Julie Whalen Much of the job involves coordinating the rangers and their duties, as well as coordinating with the public. Whalen's office is in Lowell, which is on the Dexter reservoir in Lane County. The University of Oregon crew team practices on the lake and holds regattas there, and Whalen helps coordinate with them and other groups.

Bristol Bay Subsistence Tradition | The Nature Conservancy

The tributaries of Bristol Bay lead to upstream salmon spawning habitat that the Conservancy and its local partners are working to protect. Like many families in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska, Mae Syvrud and her family gather each year on a gravelly beach to harvest salmon.

"Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture"

On May 19, New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow humanists." Here is a text of his talk. Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less, and has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were needed more?

Destroying Levees in a State Usually Clamoring for Them

In the 1960s, a group of businessmen bought 16,000 acres of swampy bottomland along the Ouachita River in northern Louisiana and built miles of levee around it. They bulldozed its oak and cypress trees and, when the land dried out, turned it into a soybean farm.

Damascus man trying to remove hill, meets resistance

One of the largest landowners in Damascus wants to scrape a hill from his property, removing up to 1 million cubic yards of dirt and rock to make room for future development. That's enough dirt to fill 100,000 dump trucks.

Newtown Creek Alliance " Creek Speak

About Creek Speak is an oral history project that uses online interactive maps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek. To listen to peoples stories or read about some of the places they mention, simply click on a map marker.

Anderson: SE Minnesota farmer thirsts for safe water

A few weeks ago I wrote about the John Peterson family and their farm near North Branch. Corn and soybean producers, the Petersons farm 900 acres, and are concerned not only about profits but about sustainability of their soils, with a nod toward wildlife: Benefiting deer and birds, they maintain 38 acres of woods in the middle of their crop fields.

A New Map Of The U.S., Created From Where We Get Our Water

This map shows what America would look like if it followed its watersheds. It's an America designed to use water more efficiently, and reduce state conflicts over water. Think state conflicts over water aren't a big deal? Then you don't know that Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are engaged in a massive battle over their water sources.

There's No Place Like Home

Approaching Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport from the east, the plane descends over the green fields of Wisconsin and the St. Croix River into Minnesota, just above the farm in Denmark Township where my mother spent happy summer days visiting her sister Margaret-snapshots of girls in white summer dresses standing, holding their bicycles, Grace and Elsie and Ina squinting in the bright 1934 sunlight-and passes south of downtown St.