Archive for August 2020

Passamaquoddy Artifacts

Dr. Donald Soctomah, Peskotomuhkati historian and author, shows us some indigenous artifacts of the Peskotomuhkati Nation and explains their historical significance. See also: The Salutation Song Visit our YouTube channel for more!

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Dam Removal: Pao Fernández Garrido

Pao Fernández Garrido of the World Fish Migration Foundation tells us that 5,000 dam removals have taken place so far in Europe. She discusses the negative impacts the presence of these dams had on river ecosystems and other connected ecosystems on land and in the ocean, and how the dramatic recovery following the removal of…

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The massive decline in migratory fish could threaten the livelihoods of millions: World Fish Migration Foundation

With hydropower, overfishing, climate change and pollution on the rise, monitored populations of migratory freshwater fish species have plummeted by 76% on average since 1970, according to the first comprehensive global report on the status of freshwater migratory fish, issued by the World Fish Migration Foundation and Zoological Society of London. Migratory fish, such as…

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The economic case for tearing down dams (article)

There’s a plan to remove the Milltown dam, similar to the plan to remove a dam in Marysville. NB Power says Milltown has “reached the end of its life” and will “seek approval to remove” it. They took a look at extending the life beyond 140 years and found it’s “not financially feasible.” The dam…

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Impacts of current and future large dams on the geographic range connectivity of freshwater fish worldwide (Academic Research)

“Freshwater fish are highly threatened by dams that disrupt the longitudinal connectivity of rivers and may consequently impede fish movements to feeding and spawning grounds. In a comprehensive global analysis covering∼10,000 freshwater fish species and∼40,000 existing large dams we identified the most disconnected geographical ranges for species in the United States, Europe, South Africa, India,…

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History’s industrial strategy haunts us today (Article)

“First came 50 years of progress. Then came 50 years of dead fish, stagnant water, methylmercury poisoning, silt buildup and dams collapsing.”   Allan Bonner reacts to the recent announcement that the Campbell Creek Dam in Fredericton will be removed, looking at why the dam was built, why it remained derelict for so long, and…

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Is dam removal the wave of the future? (Article)

“Research suggests it makes more ecological and economic sense to dismantle dams than to restore or maintain them.”   Allan Bonner explores the impact on nearby residents of dams, including the unequal distribution of costs and benefits where the beneficiaries are far away while nearby residents pay the price — and whether we might be…

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