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Return to Elwha. 

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The Dighton Rock is a 40-ton boulder, originally located in the riverbed of the Taunton River at Berkley, Massachusetts. The rock is noted for its petroglyphs. There is controversy about it’s carved designs of ancient and uncertain origin. In 1963, during construction of a coffer dam, state officials removed the rock from the river for preservation. It was installed in a museum in a nearby park, Dighton Rock State Park. (Source)

anonymous asked:

so we all (or at least, most of us) know that the Earth is polluted & 'dying' due to humans. theres so so much negativity, and its very depressing... has there been any positive, large changes recently for our planet?

The positives are very much outweighed by the negatives, but they are there! I wouldn’t call them “large” changes, but at least they exist. Humanity is slowly, slowly coming to terms with the fact that we’re wrecking our home, and that we need to do something about it. 

SO, A FEW GOOD THINGS:

These may seem like minor things compared to the thousands of negative messages we get every day, but it’s not. Every step in the right direction turns the tide in our favour, as long as we’re loud enough, angry enough, and coordinated. 

Honestly, what each individual does and does not do about the environment doesn’t make a huge difference. It’s the major corporations and governments that have the biggest impact. Decisions on what to make, how to make it, what to do with it when we’re done, and where - these are the things that can pump out millions of kilotonnes of pollution, or not. And, as we can see, they do listen, eventually. Just don’t stop talking about it.

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destruction of the White Salmon dam. we need more of this.

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Free the Snake

It’s time we #FreeTheSnake. Snake River Salmon have been trucked, put on barges, diverted up fish ladders – all in the hope that enough would get by four dams to reach their historic habitat. But, It’s not working. Four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River have put the local salmon on the brink of extinction.

Free the Snake is the latest example of Patagonia’s heightened focus on rallying global support around critical backyard conservation initiatives. We’re drawing on two main sources of inspiration: the sports we love, which allow us to spend time in nature, and the grassroots activists working in their own communities to protect their piece of the planet, which Patagonia has supported for years through the grants program.

A case in point is the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, where two hydroelectric dams built early in the last century exacted huge environmental costs but were no longer important as power generators. Salmon runs that once reached about 400,000 fish a year dropped to fewer than 3,000. A year after the Elwha Dam was removed, Chinook salmon returned to the river in numbers not seen in decades, with three-quarters of them observed spawning upstream of the former dam site. Today, the river runs free from its headwaters in Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and a terrible wrong imposed on the salmon-dependent Lower Elwha Klallam tribe has been righted.
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Hundreds of dams across the US are candidates for removal. Dam removal restores river health, ecosystems, and habitat - all of which have economic benefits, such as increased property value and recreation opportunities.

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Our Common Waters:

Patagonia’s environmental campaign, Our Common Waters, spotlights the need to balance human water needs with those of animals and plants

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Removing Dams to Help Wildlife

Protecting Communities, Helping Fish and Wildlife  

Service Fisheries biologist, Phil Herzig, explains why Connecticut dam removals are important for fish, wildlife and neighboring communities.

(via: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

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Visions of Paradise!

History venerates the builders of great bridges, dams, and towers. But rare are commemorative plaques for the un-builders—those charged with the equally heroic task of dismantling those grand structures, once they become dowdy, obsolete, or downright dangerous. Herewith, five case studies in the art of mega-destruction—starting with the old, seismically shaky eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Also: remodeling NASA’s rocket assembly building, scrapping the world’s longest aircraft carrier, recycling a supercomputer, and moving a river to remove a dam.

[MORE: The Dangerous Art of Tearing Down Bridges, Dams, and Aircraft Carriers]

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The Elwha’s Glines Canyon Dam Removal - I really hope that these examples are an inspiration for future projects, I hope that people can forget their pride and accept that some things we did were  wrong and that the time to reverse them is now. 

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San Francisquito Creek

With DamNation taking the U.S. by storm, one more of these dead ends could fall and in the process save and revitalize wild populations of steelhead and other species by enabling access to their once normal spawning habitat. Urban areas do not need to be void of natural, wild and free flowing rivers and streams.

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Fic: Swear To Me

Anonymous prompted:Klaine prompt: early in their sexual relationship Kurt discovers that his charming, well-mannered boyfriend swears like a sailor whilst in the throes of passion. Read on the AO3 or here:

It’s a few weeks into their relationship and they have just progressed from chaste kissing to full-on making out in horizontal positions when Kurt hears it for the first time.

They’d rushed back to Blaine’s place after school knowing his parents were still at work for another hour, intending to take advantage of a closed door the way they had been pretty much every afternoon this month.

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WATER IN THE WEST:  Dams, conservation, and ecology

“Since two of the nation’s largest reservoirs — Lake Mead and Lake Powell, just 300 miles apart — depend on the same dwindling water source but are each less than half full, they should be combined into one. Lake Mead would be deeper, and its evaporative losses would increase. But the surface area of Lake Powell would be substantially reduced, and the evaporating water from there would be saved. Furthermore, sending the water out of Glen Canyon would move it from a valley that leaks like a sieve into one that is watertight. Evaporation losses at Mead — say plan proponents — would be more than offset by savings at Lake Powell.”

– Abraham Lustgarten, “Unplugging the Colorado River: Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?” The New York Times, 20 May 2016

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