Audubon Ohio News - May 19, 2003

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  • Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 09:43:17 -0400

Audubon Ohio News - May 19, 2003

1.      Audubon Ohio Supports Bill to Guide Water Quality Sampling by =
2.      Ohio Division of Wildlife Marks Eagle Recovery With Eaglet Banding
3.      Dams: Occasionally, They Really Do Come Down
4.      Audubon re: Declining Fish Stocks:  We're On It


Audubon Ohio Executive Director Jerry Tinianow told an Ohio Senate =
Committee on May 14 that legislation passed by the House would provide =
useful guidance to groups like Audubon that use volunteers to sample =
surface water.  The bill, House Bill 43, would establish regulations =
under which water samples collected by volunteers could be used by the =
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in its water quality regulatory =

Tinianow, testifying before the Senate Energy, Natural Resources and =
Environment Committee, described Audubon's long-term commitment to =
citizen science and environmental education.  Citing programs at the =
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Tinianow told the Committee that =
"ordinary citizens, including children, are capable of participating in =
the scientific process in certain areas as full partners."

Tinianow emphasized that nature-based education improves student =
achievement across a broad range of subjects.  The experience is even =
more effective, he said, when students can be assured that the data they =
are generating will play a role in improving water quality.  "Under =
proper guidance," said Tinianow, "both adult and children volunteers =
have proven capable of generating useful data on water quality."  =
Tinianow added that "[w]hen we give their work meaning in this fashion, =
we encourage responsibility and care."

Under the bill, water quality data gathered by volunteers can be used by =
the Ohio EPA if the data are collected under the supervision of a =
"certified data collector," and in conformity with certain regimens to =
be specified in EPA regulations.  The regulations will set the =
qualifications necessary for certification as a certified data =

Tinianow told the Committee that volunteer citizen scientists contribute =
to natural resources research across a broad area of subjects.  He noted =
the long history of citizen involvement in generating data about birds =
and other wildlife.

Following Tinianow's testimony, the Committee voted to approve the bill =
and send it to the full Senate for a vote.  Tinianow vowed that if the =
bill is enacted into law, Audubon Ohio will be an active participant in =
assisting the Ohio EPA in developing implementing regulations.


With hundreds of visitors looking on, a team from the Ohio Department of =
Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, captured, examined and banded a =
seven-week-old eaglet near a Delaware State Park on May 16.  Mark =
Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory examined the bird and =
pronounced it well-developed and healthy.

The Division used the event to mark the recovery of eagles in Ohio over =
the past 30 years.  In remarks preceding the event, ODNR Director Sam =
Speck noted that Ohio's eagle population had recovered from a low of =
four nesting pairs to a present population that has produce =
approximately 100 surviving birds this year.  Speck said that bald =
eagles were now found in all of Ohio's major watersheds except for the =
Great Miami watershed.

Audubon Ohio was represented at the event by Executive Director Jerry =
Tinianow, Director of Habitat Conservation John Ritzenthaler, Director =
of Centers and Education Laura Busby, and Audubon Ohio Board member Sue =
Geupel.  During his remarks, Director Speck singled out Audubon Ohio for =
special recognition for its efforts to protect important bird habitats =
and offer expanded environmental education opportunities to Ohioans.

The eaglet was recovered from a nest high in a tree near the southern =
dike of the Delaware Dam system.  Both parents were visible throughout =
the proceedings, occasionally swooping by from perches in nearby trees.  =
According to Shieldcastle, nine eaglets have previously fledged from the =


According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio has "an =
abundance" of lowhead dams on rivers across the state.  These dams range =
in height from six inches to 25 feet.  All such dams alter the natural =
course of the rivers on which they are located.  They serve as =
significant barriers to the migration of fish, in effect trapping =
certain species in portions of the river, where they may be more =
susceptible to problems such as sudden surges of pollutants during =

Many lowhead dams contain sewer and other utility lines, and thus will =
likely be in place for many years to come.  Some, however, serve no =
present purpose, and can be removed.  There is often a gap, however, =
between "can be" and "actually are."

Last fall the so-called Dennison Dam was removed from the Olentangy =
River just south of the City of Delaware.  According to Tim Peterkoski =
of ODNR Scenic Rivers, removal of the dam "reestablished riffle-run-pool =
habitats that were hidden below the slow-moving slack water of the =
impoundment," thereby improving fish habitat.  In addition, after the =
dam was removed, a small waterfall, hidden for nearly 100 years, =
appeared at one end of the impoundment.

The City of Columbus may soon be removing another lowhead dam on the =
Olentangy.  As part of a settlement with the Ohio Environmental =
Protection Agency related to the City's combined sewer system overflows, =
the City has agreed to remove a dam just south of the campus of the Ohio =
State University.  The dam affects the entire run of the river through =


Media throughout the world reported last week on a major new study =
documenting declines in the populations of large fish of up to 90 =
percent during the past 50 years.  The study was reported in the May 15 =
issue of the journal Nature.

"From giant blue marlin to mighty bluefin tuna, and from tropical =
groupers to Antarctic cod, industrial fishing has scoured the global =
ocean. There is no blue frontier left," said lead author Ransom Myers, a =
fisheries biologist based at Dalhousie University in Canada. "Since =
1950, with the onset of industrialized fisheries, we have rapidly =
reduced the resource base to less than 10 percent-not just in some =
areas, not just for some stocks, but for entire communities of these =
large fish species from the tropics to the poles."

The National Audubon Society has been aware of declining fish stocks for =
years, and has already established a program to address the problem.  =
The Society's Living Oceans Program takes a multi-pronged approach, =
relying on a combination of education, consumer action and lobbying to =
raise public awareness of the loss of fish populations and to guide =
citizens in actions they can take to help reverse the situation.

Among its many efforts, the Living Oceans Program provides extensive =
information to consumers about seafood and how their choices can =
influence predation on populations of large fish.  The Program offers =
downloadable "seafood cards" that consumers to take to restaurants to =
guide menu selections.

Information on the Living Oceans Program is available on the Web at =  Interested members can contact =
the program at:

National Audubon Society=20
Living Oceans Program=20
550 South Bay Ave.=20
Islip, NY 11751=20

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