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    Stewardship Tip: Zebra Mussels

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    Unfortunately, zebra mussels, at least locally, are back in the news:

    “The presence of invasive zebra mussels has been confirmed at Offutt Base Lake near Bellevue (NE).”
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    Stewardship Tips: Catch and Release Nets

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    Knot free nets are available in all sizes and price ranges.

    Knot free nets, also known as catch and release nets, use a rubber or synthetic mesh. By virtue of its smooth surface, a knot free net can help to prevent injuries to the fins and protective mucous on a fish’s scales.

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    Stewardship Tips: Spilled Anti-Freeze

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    Sometimes, Stewardship Tips write themselves. I don’t know if that is a good thing.

    I stopped on Saturday at the local convenience store to fill up the truck and pick up a few things. There it was.

    A pool of automotive anti-freeze, eerily luminescent, sat, stagnant, in the curb leading up to the store’s entrance.
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    Stewardship Tips: Dog Days

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    As summer enters the hot months of July and August, we, in the Northern Hemisphere, are in the middle of our dog days. These days have important consequences for aquatic life.

    Oxygen solubility decreases when water temperature increases. Water that is 90° F can only hold 7.4 mg/L diluted oxygen (DO) at saturation; water that is 45° F can hold 11.9 mg/L DO. This physical phenomenon puts a fish in jeopardy; at higher water temperatures, a fish’s metabolic rate and demand for oxygen increases.

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    Stewardship Tips: Summertime Stewardship on your Lawn

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    Here are three tips for summer lawn care that will steward your local waters…
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    Stewardship Tip: No More Styrofoam

    Commonly called styrofoam, expanded polystyrene (EPS) occupies a significant piece of real estate in our nation’s landfills. Estimates indicate that landfills contain 9.6 pounds of EPS per cubic yard. Because of its light weight, EPS consumes more volume than it’s weight would indicate. Paper, in comparison, consumes 100 pounds per cubic yard; broken glass 2160 pounds per cubic yard.

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    Stewardship Tip: Don’t Dump your Bait Bucket

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    Rainbow Trout were introduced into fishless Diamond Lake, near the headwaters of the Umpqua River, in 1910. The rainbows thrived. Fish weighing 10 pounds were not uncommon.
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    Stewardship Tip: NiMH Batteries

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    Rechargeable batteries are an alternative that will save you money and will keep batteries out of landfills.  Originally, rechargeable batteries used nickel and cadmium.  Also known as NiCad batteries, there were two disadvantages to using cadmium as one of the chemical elements.  Cadmium is a heavy metal and is toxic.  Cadmium also contributed to rechargeable batteries having memory.
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    Stewardship Tip: Batteries in Smoke Detectors

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    We have heard people recommend changing their smoke detectors’ batteries when the time changes in the spring and the fall.  We can certainly understand the motivation behind this recommendation; a smoke detector is more likely to do its job with a fresh battery.  However, we feel that a better alternative is to change the batteries when they need to be changed.
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    Stewardship Tip: Select FSC Certified Products

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    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nongovernmental, non-profit organization, promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.

    The FSC developed standards for Forest Management to ensure that forestry practices retain integrity and maintain the ecological balance of the forest. They also developed standards for Chain of Custody that track the movement of material from the forest, through all the production process, to retailers and consumers.

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