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This week in #MOwater: Paddlefish

Posted in: News- Apr 01, 2015 No Comments


Paddlefish: MDC Stocking initiative pays dividends for future

About 64 adult males and females combined were collected in recent weeks from the James River arm of Table Rock Lake and the upper Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. Brood paddlefish are transferred to MDC’s Blind Pony Fish Hatchery near Sweet Springs. Hatchery staff spawn the fish, collect eggs and raise the larvae when they hatch into fingerlings. Snagging season began on March 15.

Parks Meetings: Missouri State Parks reaches out to citizens

At the meetings, staff will be on hand to provide information about the park and discuss future plans for the facility. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about park services and operations. A full list of informational meeting dates, times and locations is available here.

Adopt a Shoreline: Cleanup has 30 groups signed up so far, seeks more
Lake of the Ozarks

Adopt-the-Shoreline Coordinator Bryan Vance expects between 60 and 70 adopting groups to take part in the cleanup. Last year, 60 groups participated. Vance encourages all members of the public to join in the cleanup effort, which began March 14.

Trash Bash:  Cleanup effort runs through April

Annual volunteer efforts to pick up litter along Missouri highways are valued at $1 million. Join the Trash Bash through April.


Volunteer Monitoring: Great Lakes and streams aided by effort
Great Lakes

Volunteer monitoring is common across the Great Lakes region, including such groups as the Wisconsin Water Action Volunteers, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring, the Minnesota Citizen Stream Monitoring Program, the Ohio Stream Quality Monitoring Program, the Indiana Hoosier Riverwatch as well as the Illinois RiverWatch. Three grants worth a total of $50,000 are available to survey aquatic macroinvertebrates and to inventory where railroads cross streams.

Birth Control and Fish: Recent survey shows how chemical affects aquatic life

Flushed down toilets, poured down sinks and excreted in urine, a chemical component in the pill wafts into sewage systems and ends up in various waterways where it collects in fairly heavy doses. That’s where fish soak it up.


Tampon Tests: Glow-in-the-dark tampons could reveal sewage problems, study finds
United Kingdom

The test was trialled in the field by suspending tampons on rods for three days in sixteen surface water outlets running into streams and rivers in Sheffield. When they were checked under UV light, nine of the tampons glowed, confirming the presence of optical brighteners – and therefore sewage pollution.

Farm Tech Saves Water

Indian PM Narendra Modi is planning for farmers in his country to be able to make use of a new technology by the height of this year’s monsoon season. Satellite monitoring of crops will help farmers to reduce input costs and increase yields. Information on proper types of seeds and fertilizers, and appropriate timing/amounts of irrigation, would be available to the farmers via mobile phone. The plan is a part of Modi’s “per drop, more crop” approach to farmin