Monday, September 08, 2008

Mayfly Week: Mountain Tops Good For Mayflies

Strangely, It is fast becoming a sort of impromptu Mayfly Week here at so we wont fight it and as usual will go with the flow. A recent article in the Charleston Gazette points out what some might say is rather obvious. The practice of large scale mining and more specifically mountain top removal is bad for aquatic insects.

Randy Pomponio, director of the EPA's environmental innovations and assessments division, said, "Maggie and Greg assessed 49 streams in West Virginia to determine the effects of upstream mining activities on downstream benthic macroinvertebrate communities. They learned through their study that whole orders of benthic organisms were being eliminated in streams below mines, which indicates that aquatic life is being impaired."

Who'd have thunk it?

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