Common wealth from healthy rivers
In spite of wildlife population declines,
deformities, and other disturbing trends, we know
that long-term improvements to the health of river
systems can create conditions that allow native
populations to recover, reproduce, and hopefully
persist. The ability of ecosystems to heal is
fundamental to sustaining life.
A well respected ichthyologist, Jim Underhill,
marveled at the resiliency of many fish species.
The bluntnose darter was thought to be extirpated
in this region after a gap of 52 years without
observations, but it was documented in 1997 in Pine
Creek, south of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
One of the most powerful examples of ecosystem
recovery is the story of Pool 2 on the Mississippi
River. Listen to the audio to learn more about the
recovery of Pool 2.