Author Archives: Steve Glass

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.

Ecological Restoration Is Needed, Now More Than Ever

Our Planet is dealing with three worldwide emergencies at once: The coronavirus pandemic, global climate disruption, and mass extinction of species.  Each of these emergencies by itself is an existential threat to the planet, humanity, and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Vanishing Natural Areas

If it seems to you that there are fewer forests, grasslands, wetlands, and other natural places than there were a few years ago, you would be right. And if you think there is a lot more areas in need of … Continue reading

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Some Winter Scenes from the Springs

The snow is deep. The lake is iced over. The springs flow on. Stevens Spring is barely a trickle but the warmth of the ground water and its radiant heat seems to be enough to keep the immediate stream channel … Continue reading

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The Gorham Springs of Lake Wingra (aka Duck Pond Springs)

A natural flowing spring is both an event and a precise location.  A spring is an upwelling of groundwater and also the physical spot on the Earth’s surface where the sometimes ancient groundwater—a message from the past—meets the modern-day world. … Continue reading

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The Council Spring and Dancing Sands Springs

Remnants of A Former World One of my favorite spring locations in the Lake Wingra watershed is the Council Spring, and the nearby Dancing Sands Spring on the north shore of Lake Wingra, above the Ho-Nee-Um pond in the UW-Madison … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

May your Holidays be Merry and your New Year Bright Thanks for your readership and see you all next year.

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PFAS Compounds Found in Rainfall in Eastern United States

In the news this week are two items about PFAS, the ubiquitous, and forever compounds, of which there are an estimated 4730. Encouraging News First, in Wisconsin, the Madison Fire Department announced that it has ceased using fluorinated foam fire … Continue reading

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Will Citizens of the World Act in Time to Save Ourselves and the Planet from Global Climate Emergency?

Because the world’s political leaders—for the most part—have abdicated their responsibility to reduce global carbon emissions, it is up to average citizens to demand actions.  As individuals, and as a collective political force, it is time for each of us … Continue reading

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Recent News About Water

Here are a few recent news items about drinking water, the midwestern floods of Spring 2019, and a legislative proposal (in Wisconsin) to promote hydrological restoration. The Water Access Gap Across the United States From the group Digdeep.org comes a … Continue reading

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