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Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Front Page -

New per­me­able boat ramps in are friendly to aquatic habi­tats, re­duc­ing post-storm runoff (which some­times in­cludes pol­lu­tants—even petroleum prod­ucts—from sur­round­ing ar­eas). The ramps, made of per­me­able pavers, take in wa­ter and al­low some of it to per­co­late into the ground in­stead of en­cour­ag­ing speedy runoff like con­crete and as­phalt do.

West Vir­ginia

The co­ral reefs sur­round­ing

have been en­dan­gered by oxy­ben­zone, an in­gre­di­ent in sun­screens that causes bleach­ing, DNA dam­age and other de­for­mi­ties. To help pro­tect the reefs, Aqua-As­ton Hos­pi­tal­ity,

Hawaii

In prison in­mates fill “cone-tain­ers” with soil and tiny sage­brush seed, then wa­ter and fer­til­ize the seedlings. Crews from the Bureau of Land Man­age­ment and the Idaho De­part­ment of Fish & Game plant them in ar­eas dam­aged by wild­fires.

Lan­der Mid­dle School stu­dents in planted sev­eral hun­dred sage­brush seedlings in hopes of turn­ing re­claimed min­ing land into a habi­tat for mule deer and the greater sage grouse. The plants were grown from seeds as part of the Aban­doned Mine Lands Na­tive Plants Project.

Idaho, Wy­oming

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