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Sun Aug 5, 2012, 05:31 PM

Thousands of fish die as Midwest streams heat up


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees.

About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River, including the endangered pallid sturgeon. And biologists in Illinois said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish and is threatening the population of the greater redhorse fish, a state-endangered species.

So many fish died in one Illinois lake that the carcasses clogged an intake screen near a power plant, lowering water levels to the point that the station had to shut down one of its generators.

"It's something I've never seen in my career, and I've been here for more than 17 years," said Mark Flammang, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "I think what we're mainly dealing with here are the extremely low flows and this unparalleled heat." ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-fish-die-midwest-streams-heat-183228110.html



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marmar Aug 2012 OP
smirkymonkey Aug 2012 #1
Earth_First Aug 2012 #7
Politicalboi Aug 2012 #2
Fumesucker Aug 2012 #6
RobertEarl Aug 2012 #3
AtomicKitten Aug 2012 #4
dembotoz Aug 2012 #5

Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 05:52 PM

1. That is really frightening.

Just seeing all the new and horrible ways that global climate change can kill us - and how quickly. Think of what would happen if the oceans became too warm for certain species to live in.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 08:16 PM

7. They already have...

Coral dieoff is happening at an astronomical rate due to the rise in ocean temps that have already occuees.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 05:56 PM

2. Another reason to pipe rain water

Store water in cooler temps, and release it into streams during times like this. We are going to find water to be scarce, and wished we had come up with ways to save a lot of it 20 years from now, if that long. Or don't we have ways to bring water temps down. There's got to be some man made thing that can do that and be set in these troubled waters to cool them down safely.

With tonight's Curiosity landing, they have ways to take the cold, why not make the cold here on Earth. We have major problems here, and yet we still have time and money to explore Mars. Use that technology here first, then go to space.

And since we let oil companies fuck up our environment, they should flip the bill for water cooling. Let Americans build it here, and keep the jobs here. There has got to be a way to cool water in mass.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 08:10 PM

6. The whole Curiosity mission is about the cost of a week in Afghanistan..

Just to put things in perspective..

And if we learn what happened on Mars it might just help us with our climate problems on Earth.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:30 PM

3. There ya go

".... carcasses clogged an intake screen near a power plant"


The water going in is used to cool down the power plant and is therefore heated and is sent back to the river. The water in the river was artificially heated by the power plant. It wasn't all natural.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:49 PM

4. poor fishies

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 07:53 PM

5. heat up and dry up

live in northern-more rural suburbs of milwaukee
i pass 6-7 ponds while driving every day
ponds that used to be swiming holes deep
all are lots lower
some are dried up completely.

assume most or all of them had fish of some sort in there berfore....

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