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.
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,
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.