• Conservation

    Turning corner at Kerber Creek

     By Jason Willis The Kerber Creek watershed comprises just over 64,000 acres in the northern San Luis Valley of Colorado.  The headwaters drain through the historic Bonanza Mining District, which is littered with left over draining adits and mine waste/tailing piles from decades of mining.  Several flood events in the 1900s breached dams in the…

  • Science

    Restoring streamside vegetation using grazing and beavers

    Ranchers, Bureau of Land Management staff, and other partners tour Susie Creek in 2012.Photo courtesy Carol Evans/BLM. If you hang around a Bureau of Land Management biologist near a stream long enough, you are bound to hear the acronym PFC. Proper Functioning Condition is a long-standing rapid assessment the BLM uses to evaluate the overall condition or…

  • Conservation

    Responding to warming waters in the Gulf of Maine

    By David VanBurgel Picture fly fishing in Maine: canopied streams; cold water tumbling over granite; deep lakes; brook trout as colorful as the streambed gravels of their native waters. The impacts of climate change may not be so easy to see in Maine as they are other places. Still, a recent articleby prize-winning journalist Colin Woodard…

  • Conservation

    How far will you drive to fish?

    by Helen Neville Frequently pegged as geeky, and not always the most graceful communicators, we scientists struggle with how to translate our often wonky results to the public in ways that actually mean something to them.  Climate scientists perhaps face particular difficulty finding ways to help people grasp the nature of climate change and understand…

  • Conservation

    Tailwaters in a warming world

    The White River in Arkansas is an excellent trout fishery, but only because it's trout section flows out of the bottom of a dam, creating a constant supply of cold water.  By Jared Carpenter It’s safe to say that most TU members fish in the tailwaters below dams at least occasionally. Essentially, tailwaters are the…

  • Conservation

    Fish from space: NASA extends TU science grant

    By Helen Neville and Dan Dauwalter When TU staff consider who might be valuable partners in our conservation work, we typically think of state fish and wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Forest Service, to name a few. We certainly don’t usually think of NASA.…