We’re not all the way through it yet, but the brand new National Lakes Assessment from EPA appears to be interesting and important reading. The summary of key findings (pdf here) appears to be highly relevant to our local lakes, noting that poor lakeshore habitat is the biggest problem and clearest indicator of a lake’s poor health. The report also notes that lakes are sensitive to human disturbances, while development pressures on lakes are steadily growing. This, says EPA, “could suggest the need for stronger management of lakeshore development.” More commentary on the National Lakes Assessment can be found over at NRDC Switchboard.
Nevada’s Mustang Ranch brothel is key to river restoration project. NY Times
The conference might have been a dud, but how about that Copenhagen COP15 logo? — Brand New
Finally, if we had better mass transit in our region, we’d have a more merry christmas. Photos at NRDC Switchboard.