Energy

How to step up renewable energy production without leaving a bigger human footprint

As global temperatures continue to rise due to increasing greenhouse gases, we continually look for ways to increase production of renewable energy to ensure a drop in our carbon emissions. If there were no damaging ecological impacts from solar and wind production, this would be an easy fix. However, the destruction to our nation’s water and fish and wildlife habitats generated by the construction of these facilities cannot be ignored. Here, we explore ways to develop renewable resources in the most ecologically responsible manner possible in order to protect our fish, game and our sporting heritage.

Broadscale Assessment of Renewable Energy Potential and the Human Footprint


Marcellus Shale drilling: Balancing the scales in favor of Pennsylvania’s Eastern Brook Trout

While natural gas is often considered a “green” energy that helps reduce pollution, the process of getting it out of the ground could be harmful to eastern brook trout and other aquatic life. This makes residents around Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drilling sites more than a little nervous. Couple that with the damage already done by centuries of farm run-off from both pesticides and animal wastes, and you have a difficult job protecting Pennsylvania’s coldwater habitats. Trout Unlimited’s Conservation Success Index is an in-depth analysis of environmental data which helps develop strategies to investigate and compare threats within and across watersheds. It also helps to identify which areas should be high priority for environmental mitigation and enables monitoring and tracking impacts of drilling in order to ensure a cleaner tomorrow for all of Pennsylvania’s locals who value clean water and love to fish. This in-depth analysis covers everything from trout designation and distribution to habitat extent, from watershed conditions to climate. The comprehensive scientific report examines every possible climate impact variable.

Trout Unlimited’s Conservation Success Index: Status and Threats to Trout and Coldwater Habitats in Pennsylvania - Full Report


When it comes to strategies for safer energy, we know the drill

While natural gas is often considered a “green” energy that helps reduce pollution, the process of getting it out of the ground could be harmful to eastern brook trout and other aquatic life. This makes residents around Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale drilling sites more than a little nervous. Couple that with the damage already done by centuries of farm run-off from both pesticides and animal wastes, and you have a difficult job protecting Pennsylvania’s coldwater habitats. Trout Unlimited’s Conservation Success Index is an in-depth analysis of environmental data which helps develop strategies to investigate and compare threats within and across watersheds. It also helps to identify which areas should be high priority for environmental mitigation and enables monitoring and tracking impacts of drilling in order to ensure a cleaner tomorrow for all of Pennsylvania’s locals who value clean water and love to fish.

Conservation and Monitoring Strategies for Pennsylvania’s Coldwater Habitats

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