$500,000 Dyke Marsh study begins

Mar 23, 2008

The National Park Service is starting a $500,000 probe to find ways to improve and maintain the Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, Va., it was reported Saturday.

The 485-acre wetlands, which house snakes, turtles, swans and many other species of wildlife, have been plagued with litter, The Washington Post reported.

The probe reportedly was approved by Congress last year as part of an attempt to stop erosion caused by human activity.

The impacts of fishing, boating, kayaking and other activities may be studied, the Post report said.

Almost 50 percent of the marsh was ruined in the 1960s by commercial digging and construction waste being unloaded into it.

"We have so little. We feel a responsibility to what is left," Friends of Dyke Marsh President Glenda C. Booth said.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Underwater elephants

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

21 minutes ago

(AP)—It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report ...

Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets

1 hour ago

Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, ...

Recommended for you

Underwater elephants

7 hours ago

In the high-tech world of science, researchers sometimes need to get back to basics. UC Santa Barbara's Douglas McCauley did just that to study the impacts of the bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) on cor ...

Malaysia air quality 'unhealthy' as haze obscures skies

13 hours ago

Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze—mostly from forest fires in Indonesia—obscured skies.

User comments : 0