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New maps show Southeast streams teeming with life – Chattanooga Times Free Press

This is good news for any nature lover or for those who pay attention to the environment. These maps show where living things are in the streams and you can see they’re doing quite well. Pollution can cause so many problems for creatures of the water so this is great to see.

Key Takeaways:

  • Now, thanks in part to a local organization, freshwater biologists have a set of detailed maps showing where that diversity is strongest and where it is most endangered.
  • The findings were recently published in an 86-page report expected to guide conservationists’ choices about which places and species to prioritize in their ongoing efforts to protect the region’s rich watersheds.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the country’s fish species are found in the Southeast. So are almost half of the world’s crayfish species and 90 percent of the nation’s mussel species.

“Now, thanks in part to a local organization, freshwater biologists have a set of detailed maps showing where that diversity is strongest and where it is most endangered.”

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2017/jan/30/new-maps-show-southeast-streams-teeming-life/410121/