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Setting Rivers Free: As Dams Are Torn Down, Nature Is Quickly Recovering

Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, GoodNews, water, removing dams, restoringtheenvironment, wildlife, nature, humans, politics, habitat )

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With the removal of many dams, conservationists are seeing the return of the natural bounty that fed Native Americans and astonished European settlers.

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Anteater Ants (122)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:07 am
thank you

Christeen A (370)
Monday August 4, 2014, 6:59 am
Happy to hear this news. Thank you.

Tina C (50)
Monday August 4, 2014, 7:49 am
A dam in the Des Plaines river in Illinois was also taken down recently. Since that time herons have retuned to stalk in the shallows.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 8:04 am
Wish all dams wore demolished. Thx Cal

Patsy Olive (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:45 pm
Can you tell me when the Mississippi River came out around Tippitionville Tenn? Thanks Cal.

Peggy Peters (1)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:46 pm
Good news for the environment for a change!

Birgit W (160)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:50 pm
Amazing that the fish came back. Thanks for sharing.

Arielle S (313)
Monday August 4, 2014, 12:59 pm
I always think of the part in "Out of Africa" where they try to dam the water and the native says, "this water lives in Mombasa". Water should be allowed to live where it was born. Thank you for some good news.

Jo S (619)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:00 pm
Noted & shared.
Thanks Cal.

Colleen L (3)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:04 pm
Good news. Thanks Cal

Stardust Noel (38)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:04 pm
Noted & shared, glad to hear this!

Terry H (15)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:14 pm
Good to hear this :)

Kenneth Davies (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 1:35 pm
thank you

Kate K (215)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:04 pm
The only ones who should be building dams are beavers.

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:14 pm
Noted. A very interesting article. Thank you. It is very good new that nature is recovering so quickly.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:19 pm

Eternal G (745)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:36 pm
Ahh the blissful resilience of NATURE... wonderful news :)

Gysele van Santen (213)
Monday August 4, 2014, 4:52 pm
you go, nature!

Yvonne White (229)
Monday August 4, 2014, 5:08 pm
I've always thought it silly that men think they can do a better job than Mother Nature..the Misssissippi River still floods, but all that good soil isn't going down to the Gulf like it should...:(

cathie S (154)
Monday August 4, 2014, 9:06 pm

S J (130)
Monday August 4, 2014, 9:10 pm

Kay M (46)
Monday August 4, 2014, 9:32 pm
Thank you for the article- It was interesting reading---We all need to know this information- I love the idea that nature can heal its self if only man would get out the way ---We need to reverse many more river problems that we HUMANS caused and we can correct - particularly here on the Mississippi ===with all the diversion canals that were dug by OIL COMPANIES and screwed up our wetlands and marshes down here in LOUISIANA--that is what adds to our lack of HURRICANE PROTECTION --we are losing land by the football fields every day down here--- In just a few years communities just wash away into the gulf---PERIOD - Put Nature Back the way she was before we messed with it---

reft h (66)
Monday August 4, 2014, 11:36 pm
that's more like it. thanks for the news.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 12:56 am
In Dundee the river Tay was polluted for generations so much so that many fish species disappeared along with seals and some wading birds.About seven years ago water treatment plants were installed and all sewage is treated in them before being pumped back into the river.There has been a big change in the river we now have the return of Sea Trout and salmon and seals and even Dolphins and a great increase in the bird population.It was worth the effort and the expense.The removal of the dams will pay big dividends in the future,

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 1:50 am
Happy to hear this good news.
Thanks Cal.

Thomas M (8)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 8:26 am

Ben O (172)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 10:17 am
Right, set the rivers free!

Katherine May Williams (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 10:41 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 5, 2014, 10:45 pm

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 3:08 am
noted thanks

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 12:53 pm
When Nature is in control everything works better. NO MORE DAMS.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 7:21 pm

Sergio P (65)
Friday August 15, 2014, 2:10 pm
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