Today, I want to talk about that old Thanksgiving favorite — wet, rotting leaves.
The Hudson Valley was hit hard by repeated flooding over the past few weeks. Homes, businesses, farms, roads and bridges all were badly damaged by near-record floodwaters.
On their journey toward the ocean, small streams carry materials from adjacent terrestrial ecosystems. For decades this capacity to transport salts, soils and organisms was viewed as the primary ecological function of streams.
The widespread use of novel contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, have unknown consequences for stream ecosystems.
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