Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, VoteWater.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues and form solid opinions.
1. Warming Water Threatens Aquatic Life in Chesapeake Bay Region
Warming water is threatening to undo decades of efforts aimed at improving aquatic habitat in the Chesapeake region, from headwater streams to the open water of the Bay itself.
The increasing water temperatures, which threaten species like brook trout and striped bass, are already offsetting some of the habitat benefits of the multibillion-dollar Bay restoration effort, a new report warns. Worse, some actions taken to reduce pollution are actually contributing to warmer, more stressful, stream conditions for fish.
“We’re behind the eight ball right now in considering this in our major policies,” said Rich Batiuk, a former senior science official with the state-federal Bay Program partnership, who helped organize a 2022 workshop focused on the region’s rising water temperatures.
2. New Digital Exhibit Showcases Everglades World Heritage Designation
The Everglades Foundation announced a new, immersive digital exhibit of ‘The River of Grass’ created for the UNESCO World Heritage Collection on the Google Arts and Culture platform.
The project, launched during the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and the 75th Anniversary of Everglades National Park, showcases images by 18-year-old nature photographer Luca Martinez along with captions highlighting the intricate history and ecology of the Everglades ecosystem.
The online UNESCO World Heritage Everglades Exhibit was created “to expose people to the singular beauty of the Everglades, its functions, and restoration efforts,” said The Everglades Foundation’s Director of Communications Begoñe Cazalis, who curated the exhibit with The Everglades Foundation science team and Martinez.
Trust us, this is one the coolest Everglades experiences you can have while sitting at your computer.
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- Video: Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg discusses restoration news \
3. Eating one freshwater fish equals a month of drinking ‘forever chemicals’ water
WASHINGTON – A new study by Environmental Working Group scientists finds that consumption of just a single serving of freshwater fish per year could be equal to a month of drinking water laced with the “forever chemical” PFOS at high levels that may be harmful.
Researchers calculated that eating one fish in a year equated to ingesting water with PFOS at 48 parts per trillion, or ppt, for one month.
The study bolsters EWG’s long-running calls for strict regulation of PFOS and the other toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, in addition to more tests of food such as fish, since diet is thought to be a major source of PFAS exposure for Americans. The findings are a particular issue for communities with environmental justice concerns, whose survival often depends on eating freshwater fish they’ve caught.