Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD

Laird Hamilton who works with the Surfrider Foundation  in an article from   on Good News says:

“A true understanding and compassion for the fragility of ocean life is the issue I feel is most crucial to any conversation about the ocean. On a micro level, individuals should feel a sense of both responsibility and empowerment to doing all the little things that matter to the coastline—pick up trash, stop littering, recycle—scores of small contributions can quickly lead to large scale change. On a macro level, it is important that we hold corporations and politicians accountable to understanding the needs of our ecosystem—they represent us, and we are all dependent on that ecosystem—we posses the power and capability to prevent its destruction”

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For more visit: Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD.

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WEC UPDATE APRIL 2011

– – Wanda Cucinotta, Chair

*WEC Meeting: Please come join us in our work to enhance our Island’s watershed. May 5th at 3 pm, at the Heritage Trust Resource Center.   We will be planning for LI Ferry Landing Phase II /2011-2013 and organizing spring work parties to maintain our Ferry Landing Enhancement efforts.

*We are anxiously waiting for word from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/ Community Salmon Fund on our $49,000 grant application.  We have permits in hand and hope to continue our restoration work around the Ferry Landing and Northern public shoreline.  Thank you to all of you that helped make Phase I happen. There is life in the plants along the ferry landing. This year we‘ll see growth.  We hope this and our other work will improve the quality of storm water runoff entering our clam beds.

*See our information table at the Civic Club Expo/ Plant Sale, April 30th, Lummi Island Grange Hall.  Haven’t signed up to be a shore Steward yet, here’s your chance.  Cheryl Lovato-Niles will have an official Shore Stewards Table there as well.

*We continue our volunteer water monitoring work.   We are coordinating with the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) to present an Island program about our clam surveys and water monitoring efforts. TBA

Thanks for using the Mitt Mutt Stations on the Island there to help you clean up after your pet!   For information or to volunteer contact:  Wanda email: forestflor@aol.com, Blog: https://liwec.wordpress.com and  FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/LIWEC. We all want healthy aquatic resources!

Evidence Of Water Cleansing Benefits from Biodiversity

This is an interesting article about a study on how bio-diversity helps remove toxins in water. Cardinale’s study, which appears in the April 7 issue of Nature, was funded by the National Science Foundation.

The cleansing power of biodiversity
Scientists have long known that ecosystems that have more plant species tend to have a greater capacity to remove pollutants from soil and water than do ecosystems that have fewer species. But, until now, no one knew how or why this is so.

Cardinale’s study helps solve this mystery by explaining how biodiversity promotes the self-cleaning power of streams. According to the study, as algae grow in streams and produce more biomass, they incorporate into their bodies some common forms of pollution and thereby remove it from the water. Each species of pollution-removing algae has evolved and adapted to a different set of conditions, and so occupies a unique mini habitat, or niche, within a water body. Therefore, as the number of species of pollution-removing algae increases in a stream, so too does the number of unique niches that are occupied, filtered and cleansed by them. Hence: the more algae species a stream has, the more total pollutants these organisms may remove from the water.

Read More: Precedent-Setting Evidence Of The Benefits Of Biodiversity.

View video: http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/How-Biodiversity-Promotes-Water-Quality-0001