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Re: Fish kill on Garvin?

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:34 am
by Cutthroat
Your post is right on the money, Brntrout. The sad thing is that the solutions to these problems are out there--even if many think there are no problems at all!

Even common sense land-use practices, as well as targeted land and easement acquisitions that restore environmentally sensitive lands, are not that difficult to do if people get on the same page. This should not even be a political issue, because everyone benefits from a healthy environment, and many environmental restoration/protection projects actually SAVE the taxpayer a LOT of money in the long run.

Re: Fish kill on Garvin?

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:30 am
by brntrout
If we throw in climate change brought on at least partially by man's negative impact on the planet, and scientists predictions, which include dramatic increases in precipitation (Increased severe flooding) it doesn't look good no matter what is done for improved land use practices. Climate change will mean greater loss of species based on changes to our environment becoming unsuitable for species in their current home ranges! That includes trout!

Unfortunately, how fast these changes will happen is up in the air, as every time scientists make updated predictions they always seem to accelerate the time frame.

All we can do is the best we can do! Especially now as the point of no return has been reached IMO!

Re: Fish kill on Garvin?

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:10 am
by Cutthroat
Some of changes are pretty much set in stone at this point. It is almost certain that many (most?) wild brook trout fisheries on the North Shore will be lost by the end of this century. Very little groundwater up here, and most streams already are warmer than they were historically due to the catastrophic loss of evergreen cover from uncontrolled logging and wildfires a century ago.

Same with the slow destruction of southern and central Minnesota woodlands by invasive buckthorn. Most rural folks are clueless as to what is happening on their own property!

Re: Fish kill on Garvin?

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:04 am
by S.T.Fanatic
And every time someone logs their woods the perfect environment is created for a buckthorn explosion.