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    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water
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    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water

    August 18, 2019


    >>MAT: Hey everyone in this video we’re gonna
    take a look at this extremely minimalist floating micro cabin. It was all built
    with locally milled timber it has a metal sloping roof and it was also built
    on pontoons that allow the cabin to be in the water year-round because they’re
    designed to freeze into the ice. The floating cabin was designed by our
    friend Bonnie and the idea behind this was to create a really simple space
    where people could come and enjoy nature and the water and experience spending
    time in a space with just the basic necessities. And so she calls it The
    River Zen. We actually met Bonnie two years ago when she gave us a tour of her
    incredible houseboat and now she’s just finished working on this project and
    she’s going to show us around. [Inspiring Music Playing] So welcome to The River Zen, this is my
    new boat. [Taps Gong] Come on in. This boat is a lot smaller
    than The River Den, those of you know The River Den. It’s a 8′ by 10′ cabin. This is
    it, what you see is what you get! So it’s a small space it’s really designed for
    for someone who wants to be on retreat or just spend the night here. It’s fully
    insulated, it has four four inches of foam insulation on the floor, and the
    roof, and all the walls. The framing is done in a post and beam structure and
    all the framing and the rafters are cedar, rough cedar, and the trim is
    douglas fir, the floor is cherry, and all the wall is pine tongue and groove
    with a special oil that I used for finishing, it has citrus in it, it’s
    a natural oil and so that was really… it smelled really good. And all these
    shelves are live-edge cedar as well. The wood all came from the sawmill up in
    Lac Ste. Marie where I work, yeah so these are 2 inch cedar rafters and they
    were…it was like a curved tree that was milled, and an amazing builder
    helped me put the structure of this together and then I did a lot of the finishing work with my friends. [Ambient water sounds from the river] When I was designing the
    layout of the furniture, it was a… kind of a bit of a puzzle to figure out
    how we were gonna make a bed that was gonna be like retractable and all these
    special features. When I closed my eyes and imagined the perfect space
    there was nothing in it, so I was like Okay well this is my project and I can do
    whatever I want so I decided to make it a minimalist space and have the least
    amount of stuff possible. And it’s also an experience for someone to go
    stay somewhere where there’s not a bunch of stuff I think people are seeking that
    out more and more and they want to live more simply so this is an opportunity
    this is a place where they can have a little taste of that and see what they
    really need actually. So there’s a few shelves pretty much there’s not much in
    here there’s a few towels and blankets. This is a propane heater so it’s a
    direct vent propane furnace and it’s super easy to light, I have two propane
    tanks on the back with a double regulator so when one tank runs out it
    just switches to the other tank I have a special little table feature
    here that I custom-built. The people I was working with on the
    boat they really wanted to have a table and chairs and I was like, no I want to
    sit on the ground, we need to sit on the ground. So this is the little table
    design for that. The leg comes out and then it just hooks up. So during the daytime there can be these…
    these are Thai yoga massage mats. They’re really comfy. So these mats can be out and then at nighttime the table can go up and the mattress is just bungee strapped
    to the wall and it comes down. The bed is just like with a bungee system so there’s just screws and hooks with two bungees and then it’s just…
    it’s just a four inch foam so it’s really…it’s really comfy. It’s a dense
    foam. I’ve slept in here lots and I find it so comfortable. [Ambient Electronic Music Playing] It’s completely off
    grid, there’s no electricity or solar there’s this like little solar lights,
    there’s a little gas stove to cook outside with a butane fuel.
    There’s just battery-operated lights and some solar lights but that’s about it
    there’s there’s no running water either it’s completely off grid. So it is quite
    a challenge to stay here for a couple days like one night it’s pretty cool, you
    know people go to restaurants, but if you stay here a couple days you really
    get a taste of what it’s like to live without power and all these amenities
    that we’re used to. Here we just have a custom shelf and this is a little kind of pirate chest custom thing that I made. This is my first box. So in here there’s utensils and this is
    the little gas stove. It’s not the best setup to have dishes outside because there’s animals and stuff but for now, it is what it is, and it
    might be that I build something inside to store dishes and have a little
    cooking station for the winter. This is the bathroom, the way we’re using this sawdust composting system is that there’s one
    bucket for liquids, so pee in one bucket and one bucket for solids with a bag and
    sawdust. So poo and toilet paper goes in the bag with sawdust and that’s
    composted and then the pee we bring it and we flush it down the toilet.
    Something I haven’t finished yet is putting a canvas over here so that’s
    like a curtain so it deflects the wind and the rain and the snow in the winter. Inside of the cabin is 8′ by 10′ and then there’s 6′ of deck that’s
    covered by the roof and then there’s 2.5′ on each side to walk around
    which the overhang pretty much protects. This is an extra floating dock
    that I’ve tied on to the front it’s just uh it’s just an extra deck space and
    it’ll stay here all winter long, too. It’s a real dream come true to be able to do this. I feel so lucky to be in a position
    where I can conceive an idea, and then work with people to bring it to life, and then offer it for rent and invite people to stay here. It’s such an amazing feeling…yeah I feel
    really lucky. [Music Playing]>>MAT: I hope you enjoyed this video.
    If you want to check out this boat we’ll put a link to it in the description of the video.
    If you want to see more alternative living stories and spaces, subscribe to our
    channel, we post a new video every single week.
    Thanks for watching, see you next time.

    Mutant Fish Taking Over Waters Around the World
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    Mutant Fish Taking Over Waters Around the World

    August 18, 2019


    – [Narrator] Behind
    running, fishing is the most popular outdoor activity
    for adults aged 25 and up. It’s largely a totally innocent,
    wacky-event-free venture, even being described as relaxing or fun. But all around the world, bizarre creatures are being reeled in, and it’s doubtful that their captors would describe their catches
    as normal or relaxing. Here are 10 mutant fish taking
    over waters around the world. Number 10, cyclops shark. A bizarre discovery was
    made in La Paz, Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez. A pregnant bull shark was
    caught, and its fetuses removed. One of them was an albino with one eye. Pictures of the cyclops
    shark were posted online, and some experts thought it was a hoax. Filipe Galvan, a well-respected
    Mexican scientist, inspected the shark and
    wrote a paper about it, which is under review. Lending further merit to the
    authenticity of the incident, Tracy Ehrenberg, the general
    manager of Pisces Sportfishing, conducted an interview with the fisherman who made the discovery. The man said that the pregnant shark was dead when they pulled it up, and that during the process
    of filleting the shark they found ten fetuses. The other nine fetuses were fairly normal, both in color and the amount of eyes. And, although it’s sad to think that someone still fishes for sharks, even though many species are endangered, and that they caught a pregnant one, this little albino cyclops
    shark is almost cute enough to star in his own Disney adventures. Number nine, mutated two-headed dolphin. A two-headed, mutant dolphin washed up on the shore of Ismire on
    the west coast of Turkey. It’s believed to have only been around a year old when it died, as it was only a meter long. It was discovered by a schoolteacher, who watched in horror
    as the mutant dolphin washed up on the shore. He then called the police, who took the dolphin’s
    body away for testing. Preliminary eyewitness reports said that the eyes and blow hole of one of the heads weren’t open, which may mean that there were further deformations in the creature, other than the glaringly obvious one, which could have contributed to its death. No one knows whether this is a
    rare case of conjoined twins, a natural type of deformation, or deformation caused by contaminants. Another incident of a
    two-headed dolphin-like creature was reported in the Netherlands. They reported the first ever case of conjoined harbor porpoises. It was thrown back into the ocean because the fishermen
    thought it might be illegal to have it in their possession and generally thought it was
    a good idea not to risk it. They did take pictures before
    throwing it back, however. There are a lot of things that indicate that the creature died
    shortly after birth. It’s tail had not stiffened, which is something that
    porpoises need in order to swim, its dorsal fin had not
    become vertical yet, and it still had hairs on its upper lip, which porpoises shed after birth. Conjoined twins are rare, even in humans. But they’re even more rare in cetaceans, a group of animals that include porpoises, dolphins, whales, and
    other similar creatures. In fact, the porpoise was only the 10th conjoined cetacean case at
    the time of this writing. Many people have a soft spot
    for dolphins and porpoises, so the thought of having two times the fun of a dolphin-like creature
    in one animal is exciting. It’s very unfortunate that this story turned out the way it did, instead of resulting in one
    of the coolest animals ever. Number eight, pug nose striped bass. This mutation is fairly
    common in striped bass. They’re called pug-nosed
    because the mutation causes them to have a large, lumpy head. One recent incident involves
    one being caught in Maryland. The mutation doesn’t affect
    whether you can eat it or not, and doesn’t have any
    harmful effects on the fish, other than making it look really weird. Number seven, fish with horns. A fisherman in Siberia was stunned when he reeled in two pike that had horns on the tops of their heads. He referred to them as underwater dragons because of their appearance. The fish, which were identified as pike, had been pulled from the
    River Irtysh in Russia. Locals blamed nuclear debris from Russian missile launch
    experiments for the mutations. The fisherman dried and preserved the fish’s heads and keeps them in his garage, which is probably a good thing because the last thing we need is horned, nuclear dragon fish swimming about. Number six, mutant fish in Russia. A gigantic fish had been
    terrorizing locals in Siberia for months before it was finally caught. It had been attacking and trying to bite anyone who came near it. With a giant head, piranha-like teeth and a broad tail that resembled an oar, it’s not surprising that
    the locals were freaked out. However, It didn’t turn
    out to be a mutant. Experts say it was a wolffish, a type of endangered
    bottom-feeding predator. But, with the amount of attacks, its appearance and just
    the fact that a giant, massively aggressive fish was attacking anything that came near the water, it’s really no surprise
    that locals thought this was either some sort of
    mutant or monster fish. Before I reveal the next example, you should subscribe if
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    on some amazing knowledge that could have filled your brain. Now let’s get back to it. Number five, giant fluorescent blue fish. Residents in Gaston
    County, North Carolina, are trying to figure out
    what this huge fish is and where the video was taken. It was uploaded on Disclose
    Screen’s YouTube channel and simply said that the fish was from a lake in Gaston County,
    but not which one. The fish appears to be
    around four feet long and Disclose says it’s around 30 lbs. Many are speculating that
    it’s some sort of carp, but they have no explanation for its fluorescent blue coloration. About one in a million
    times a rainbow trout will be blue to due to
    a rare genetic variant, but that occurs in approximately
    one in a million cases. If this is what the fishermen saw here, they stumbled across an
    extremely rare creature. Still, its a pretty large fish, and although its coloration
    makes it appear to be some sort of wild Pokémon
    that’s appeared in the lake, it’s most likely not. So, don’t go wasting balls on it. Number four, Russian fish with two mouths. This fish is simply terrifying! It has one mouth on its face, one on its neck, and a bizarre tail. It has a weirdly round body
    that shouldn’t belong to a fish. But even more creepy is the
    fact that it has an odd, bulbous protrusion that appears to be filled with some sort of liquid. The fisherman who caught it speculated that the liquid could be eggs, meaning that there was the possibility of more of these creatures. This isn’t the first fish of
    its kind to be caught though. A Reddit user posted a video that appeared to show a two-headed fish. For a bit, speculation
    was all over the internet about what it was and
    how it had come to be. It wasn’t a conjoined twin, and it hadn’t grown up
    near a nuclear plant, as neat as that would be. Experts said it was a grass
    carp that had been deformed. The second mouth was
    actually a large hole formed because the gill arches
    weren’t connected to its mouth. There was also a fish caught in Australia that had two mouths. Garry Warwick, the fisherman
    who landed this bizarre catch, caught the fish in Lake
    Bonney, South Australia. He told ABC “Both mouths are
    actually joined together. “The top one opens and closes, “but the bottom one
    looks permanently open.” Although he’s been a commercial
    fisherman for over 30 years, he says he’s never seen
    anything like this. Facial deformities in which
    the creature or person has more than one of a
    particular facial feature, in this case two mouths,
    is called diprosopus. It’s commonly associated
    with conjoined twins, although it’s not the result
    of two embryos fusing together, nor is it the result of
    them not fully separating. It’s caused when facial
    patterning acts abnormally. Unfortunately, creatures
    with two faces don’t usually survive because they
    usually have some degree of deformation in their
    internal organs as well. Number three, fish with human teeth. An emperor fish was
    caught by a schoolteacher in the West Papu region of Indonesia. The teacher was astounded
    to find that the fish had flat, molar-like
    teeth that looked human. He gave the fish to a student, who took it home to his family. They were all equally shocked when they discovered its teeth. Rather than eat the fish, they decided to freeze and preserve it. That’s probably a good thing because whatever unholy alliance
    that was forged in order to create this fish is probably
    not safe for ingestion. Number two, the monsterous
    fish from Thailand. A Thai fisherman was out fishing and hoping to catch
    something worthy of a meal. Instead, he pulled in something
    that is pure nightmare fuel. This fish has a long body
    that looks a bit like an oar, a giant mouth filled
    with sharp-looking teeth, and, probably most notably,
    it doesn’t seem to have eyes. No one knows quite what it is. But, the bigger mystery here is where are its eyes and how does it see? Number one, bird fish. This bizarre fish was recently
    caught in a river in Guizhou. It looks like a completely
    normal fish on the bottom half, but the head is where things get mad. Some people say that it looks a bit like the face of a pigeon. Others say it looks like
    the face of a dolphin. What it definitely does not look like is the ordinary head of a
    carp that matches its body. Some people blame its apparent deformation on water contaminants. Others think that this is
    some sort of hybrid creature, but those in favor of the hybrid theory are not in agreement with what animals parented this bizarre creature. Unfortunately, testing cannot be done to shed light on its parentage, either, as the fish was released back
    into its natural habitat. What exactly is a bird fish’s
    natural habitat anyway? Did it fly away or swim? Most of the entries on this list died, either before or after discovery, which makes for an alarming mystery. What entry did you think
    was the most interesting? Let me know in the comments down below, and thanks for watching.

    Floating debris becoming issue for boaters
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    Floating debris becoming issue for boaters

    August 18, 2019


    WAS CALLED IN TO FIND OUT WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH. WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED. MATT CARON: IF YOU’VE BEEN BOATING OUT ON THE CONNECTICUT RIVER — YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SOME FLOATING DEBRIS. 22NEWS STORM TEAM METEOROLOGIST JENNIFER PAGLIEI IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH HOW YOU CAN SAFELY BOAT ON THE RIVER WITHOUT ANY CONCERNS. CLAY: ITS BEEN AN AVERAGE OF 1-2 FEET DUE TO ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE BEEN GETTING JENN: WHETHER YOUR BOATING, JET SKIING, OR KAYAKING OUT ON THE CONNECTICUT RIVER THIS WEEKEND, YOU’LL WANT TO USE EXTRA CAUTION. FLOATING DEBRIS HAS BECOME A MAJOR ISSUE FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO PARTICIPATE IN WATER ACTIVITIES ON THE RIVER. RECENT HEAVY RAIN FROM VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, AS WELL AS SAME PARTS OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, HAS CAUSED RIVER LEVELS TO RISE AND THE RIVER CURRENT TO BECOME STRONGER. THIS HAS LED TO DEBRIS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER TO BE PUSHED TO THE TOP. JENNIFER: FLOATING DEBRIS BECOMES AN ISSUE FOR BOATERS OUT ON THE RIVER BECAUSE THEY DON’T NOTICE IT RIGHT AWAY, LEADING BOATERS TO STEER RIGHT INTO LOGS AND TREE BRANCHES. 22NEWS WENT TO THE OXBOW MARINA IN NORTHAMPTON TO FIND OUT HOW BOATERS CAN STAY SAFE WHILE OUT ON THE RIVER IN THESE CONDITIONS. CLAY: YOU GOTTA BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR LOGS, THERE ARE FULL SIZED TREES COMING DOWN THE RIVER AND JUST BE AWRE OF IT, AND OF OTHER PEOPLE JENN: CLAY ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE CHANNELS CHANGE, AND THERE MIGHT BE OTHER OBSTABLES TO GO AROUND ON THE RIVER. HITTING A LOG OR TREE BRANCH CAN DAMAGE YOUR BOAT, SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SAFETY GEAR IN THE BOAT AS WELL AS LIFE JACKETS AND ANCHOR LINES. IN NORTHAMPTON, METEOROLOGIST

    9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals
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    9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals

    August 18, 2019


    from one species that can effectively
    walk out of the water to another which is known as the fish from hell here are
    nine fish that can hunt land animals before we begin be sure to subscribe –
    they will kill you hit the like button and request any topics you’d like to
    learn about in the comments section below number nine mudskipper mudskippers are
    found in temperate subtropical and tropical regions including the Atlantic
    coast of Africa and the Indo Pacific like the name would suggest this fish
    has several fascinating adaptations which enable it to travel on land as
    well as in the water they’re able to walk or skip on land by using their
    pectoral and pelvic fins on land they survive by breathing through their skin
    throat and the mucous lining of their mouths this is called cutaneous air
    breathing and it’s similar to the way amphibians breathe on land however this
    is only possible when mudskippers are moist which is why they tend to be
    restricted to humid habitats they’re able to regulate their body temperatures
    by digging deep burrows in soft sediments which also protect them from
    predators during high tide on land mud skippers perform a wide variety of
    activities these include feeding courting potential partners as well as
    establishing and defending territories that diets include snails insects small
    crabs and even other mudskippers number eight tiger shark up until recently the
    consensus was that that tiger sharks only feed on marine animals and water
    birds then a researcher from Dolphin Island sea lab named Marcus dreimann
    made an interesting discovery in 2009 after he caught a tiger shark off the
    coast of Alabama dreimann noticed that the shark had coughed up feathers
    interestingly enough these feathers didn’t belong to a water bird
    this led dreimann to suspect that tiger sharks might be supplementing their
    with other types of birds a study followed in which the stomach’s of over
    50 tiger sharks were dissected the contents of about half of the fish’s
    stomachs revealed beaks feathers and feet from terrestrial birds like meadow
    larks woodpeckers and tanika’s the theory is that as they migrate some
    birds lose their way there thus forced to keep
    flying until they become exhausted which brings them closer and closer to the
    surface where the tiger sharks are waiting to snap them in their jaws
    number seven wels catfish wels catfish is by all accounts a true River monster
    in 2009 a large catfish almost drowned the Hungarian fisherman he had attempted
    to grab the fish in a hold but soon regretted the decision the fisherman
    barely escaped with his life after the fish dragged him underwater by his right
    leg wels catfish can potentially weigh over
    660 pounds while measuring up to 16 feet that’s significantly larger than any
    human being even though reports of such giants have
    become a rarity in recent years an interest in tendency has been observed
    in medium sized catfish from the tan River in Alba France
    they’ve reportedly developed an ability to grab pigeons from the riverbanks it’s
    believed that the larger catfish have taken to hunting in the river depths
    forcing the smaller catfish to search for other sources of food it’s also
    suspected that the larger specimens can’t swim the shallow waters to get to
    the riverbanks after the catfish grabbed the pigeons they consumed them in the
    water based on observation they have a kill rate of 28 percent this may seem
    low but it’s actually quite impressive for a fish hunt in an animal that can
    essentially fly away when threatened number six African tiger fish
    this fish genis native to the african continent is commonly referred to as
    tiger fish the scientific name for the genes– is hydra sinners and it consists
    of five species which are all typically by severus meaning they feed on other
    fish Hydra Sina’s attaches however has become recorded displaying a rather
    unique adaptation it’s the only freshwater fish species proven to prey
    on birds in flight its main target consists of low-flying barn swallows a
    sleek body that measures over 3 feet in length and sharp fang-like teeth enabled
    tiger fish to quickly jump out of the water and grab birds as they fly past
    different hunting strategies have also been observed one is to hide just
    beneath the surface and to ambush the bird in flight while another involves
    chasing the bird from the surface and then leaping to grab it the first time
    this phenomenon was observed it happened so fast that the team responsible for
    recording it barely had time to realize what happened
    number 5 eel catfish researchers speculate that the eel catfish uses the
    same method to hunt on land that was used by the first vertebrates to venture
    out of the water around 420 million years ago to catch
    insects on land the eel catfish will arch its specialized spine to rise above
    its prey which usually consists of various insects then the eel descends on
    it trapping his prey against the ground and bend in its mouth around it
    eel catfish jaw muscles a hypertrophic meaning that the cells in the tissue are
    larger which increases bite strength in the water the eel catfish employs a
    different hunting technique it expands its mouth cavity pulling in extra water
    and sucking up prey on land this hunting technique wouldn’t work because air is
    around 800 times less dense than water number 4 silver Arowana
    the silver Arowana is native to South America in some species and known to
    reach almost 4 feet in length in its native waters the silver Arowana is
    known as the monkey fish for its ability to capture prey by jumping out of the
    water they typically swim near the surface
    while looking out for potential prey on tree branches the targets of its jumping
    attacks may include snakes insects bats or birds once it’s found a suitable
    victim the fish unleashes its incredibly Swift attack with a staggering jump that
    can reach over 6 feet above the water surface
    despite this impressive hunting technique the silver Arowana usually
    uses its drawbridge like mouths to eat animals floating on the surface by
    crustaceans or smaller fish number 3 rainbow trout this colorful fish is
    known to fight back when caught and for its ability to jump high above the water
    when hunting prey this predator will eat nearly anything it captures with a
    varied diet including insects smaller fish and even some small land animals
    the rainbow trout usually hunts for land animals during their breeding season
    when the prey is abundant in 2013 a researcher discovered a rainbow trout
    with the remains of 20 shrews in its stomach this furthered understanding of
    how apt the fish is at tackling land prey wildlife experts believe that the
    trout grabs these creatures whenever they venture close to the riverbank
    number 2 Archer fish much like the name implies this
    freshwater fish takes down prey using a ranged attack after the archer fish
    selects its target which usually consists of insects hanging from tree
    branches it contracts its gills to shoot a water stream from its mouth the stream
    is shaped by the fish’s mouth pots to travel faster at the rim than at the
    front forming the type of blob that impacts the target from around three to
    nearly seven feet they’re remarkably accurate shots however even if they miss
    the target the persistent archer fish will take multiple shots what’s even
    more remarkable is that the archer fish will develop its skill through social
    learning this means that they can observe how one member of the school
    uses the shooting technique to later adapt or modify their angles and target
    distances younger fish are initially inaccurate so by hunted in small schools
    they develop their shooting through observation and experience it has
    recently emerged that Archer fish also used Jets to hunt underwater prey
    experts don’t know which hunting technique developed first whether it was
    the aerial or underwater one according to one theory they evolved in parallel
    complementing each other the more they were used by the archer fish number one
    snakehead fish snakeheads are elongated fish with large
    mouths sharp shiny teeth and long dorsal fins there are 40 snakehead species
    belonging to two main types the para China native to Africa and the China in
    Asia since these freshwater fish breathe air through their gills they’re able to
    migrate short distances on land by wriggling with their bodies and fins
    snake heads can travel almost a quarter of a mile on land where they can survive
    for up to four days as bad news for animals on the shorelines or river banks
    as some snakehead species like the northern snakehead can grow to be over 3
    feet National Geographic has described this snakehead as fish Zillah for more
    than a hundred years humans have been introducing snake heads to
    non-indigenous waters where they become invasive and cause ecological damage the
    lack of natural predators in these waters means that snake heads often
    reach apex status they also tend to spread rapidly by the age of two or
    three the snakehead has already reached sexual maturity and a single female may
    release up to 150,000 eggs every two years after it was introduced either
    intentionally or ignorantly in North American waters the aggressive snakehead
    earned the reputation of Frankenfish monster fish or the fish from hell
    thanks for watching which fish do you think is the most apt at hunted land
    animals let us know in the comments section below
    you

    Fish Passage Improvements to Columbia and Snake River Dams
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    Fish Passage Improvements to Columbia and Snake River Dams

    August 17, 2019


    [Sound of water pouring out of dam.] Narrator: You can’t see them, but inside
    this rushing column of Columbia River water are young salmon and steelhead, migrating
    downstream to the ocean. [Sound of rushing water.] On their journey to the sea, the tiny fish,
    or smolts, encounter many dangers, but recent studies show when juvenile fish travel through
    hydroelectric facilities, such as John Day Dam, passage improvements made by the U.S.
    Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and BPA [Bonneville Power Administration]
    are helping to increase fish survival. Ritchie Graves, Supervisory Fisheries Biologist,
    NOOA, National Marine Fisheries Service: I don’t think anybody questions that the river
    is now a much safer place for juvenile salmon and steelhead than it was 10, 20, 30 years
    ago. Narrator: Ritchie Graves, a biologist with
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, works with several federal agencies
    to ensure dams on the lower Columbia and Snake Rivers are safe for salmon and steelhead passage. [Sound of someone tossing the Biological Opinion
    document on a table and turning pages.] Narrator: To make fish passage safe and effective,
    NOAA scientists have issued what’s known as a biological opinion. The so called Bi-Op, sets performance standard
    requirements for the Federal Columbia River Power System. The performance standards specify that 93
    to 96 percent of juvenile salmon and steelhead, depending on the species, must survive as
    they migrate through eight federal dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers. In 2012, juvenile fish passage studies conducted
    at six of those eight dams met or exceeded Bi-Op performance standards. [Sound of testing lab at John Day Dam.] To understand and document how well young
    salmon and steelhead pass through dams, scientists perform studies such as this one taking place
    at John Day Dam in the summer of 2012. Using a limited number of smolts, scientists
    working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, put tiny fish to sleep. Scientist: This is an acoustic transmitter. This is a pit tag, a passive tag. Narrator: Then insert small electronic devices
    under their skin. Brad Eppard, Fish Biologist, U.S. Army Corps
    of Engineers: This is displaying the fish, the tagged fish that are detected upstream
    of the dam. Narrator: The researchers use such devices
    to track fish as they move down stream toward the ocean. The scientific information gathered has proved
    extremely valuable. Brad Eppard, Fish Biologist, U.S. Army Corps
    of Engineers: We use that information, that detection information, to estimate survival
    for fish. We know exactly when and where the fish pass
    the dam. Narrator: Brad Eppard, a fishery biologist
    with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, coordinated the research at John Day Dam. Brad Eppard: So with that information we can
    estimate their survival and show that we are meeting the performance standards. Jason Sweet, Supervisory Fishery Biologist,
    Bonneville Power Administration: We spend a lot of effort for both improving operations
    at the dams and structural modifications at the dams to improve salmon survival. Narrator: Jason Sweet, a fishery biologist
    with the Bonneville Power Administration, says to help juvenile salmon and steelhead
    successfully pass through dams, scientists first had to understand that most of the young
    fish travel in the top 30 feet of rivers. Armed with that knowledge, the Corps of Engineers
    that owns and operates the dams has installed new innovative surface passage structures
    for fish at all eight federal facilities on the lower Columbia and Snake. Federal agencies also effectively spill just
    the right amount of water over dams to move fish quickly and safely downstream. In addition, improved fish bypass systems
    keep most smolts away from the hydroelectric turbines at dams, but even when they do pass
    through turbines, these days most fish survive. Jason Sweet: Each dam is a little different;
    each species is a little different so we tailor our overall fix at each dam. Narrator: One example of an improvement, designed
    specifically for the Dalles Dam, is this 830 foot long spill wall. The spill wall, completed in 2010, has improved
    juvenile salmon and steelhead survival at the Dalles by an average of four percent. That number equates to tens of thousands of
    more fish surviving through the facility then before. The wall functions as a guide, pushing young
    fish into deeper, faster water as they exit the dam. Before the wall was constructed, swift currents
    carried smolts into shallow water, where predators sat waiting to eat them. Jason Sweet: The spill wall down at The Dalles
    Dam is something that had never been done on that scale anywhere else on the Columbia
    River. So, we’re constantly improving our techniques
    and modifying the dams in new ways every year. Narrator: While improvements to dams have
    taken years to perfect, and in some cases are still being tested and adjusted, studies
    indicate the efforts are paying off with safer dam passage for juvenile fish, showing it
    is possible for the Northwest to enjoy clean and reliable hydropower and still be friendly
    to the environment. Ritchie Graves: There have been a number of
    improvements to the system; unquestionably it’s better than it was. We are getting there. [Music]

    Tiki Bar Boats to hit the Detroit river this summer
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    Tiki Bar Boats to hit the Detroit river this summer

    August 16, 2019


    well check these out these are called tiki bar boats they’ve become pretty popular on small lakes and rivers over the years and come this summer they’ll have a new home right here on the Detroit River along with the freighters a swift current and a lot of other boats Jason Coulter spoke to the company’s owner about his big plans for the summer of 2019 well here we are again settling in for another frigid Michigan winter when all we’re dreaming about it’s summer right so you know what let’s just go for it let’s get in the mood for that warm weather it’ll be here before we know it you know throw on the shades right get a little mood music going you know what you got your cocktail you’re thinking about maybe I don’t know a tiki bar no a floating tiki bar out on the Detroit River well that might be a little far-fetched or is it [Music] [Applause] research the man who first brought the peddling pugs to the streets of downtown is expanding his fleet yet again appropriately enough we caught up with Nick Blazek on vacation on a beach Blazek has been on the Detroit River for two summers with his cycle boats basically the pedal-powered pub but on the water now he’s tweaking the idea to a floating tiki bar what do you say to the people who might look at this and think wait a minute I’m going to be out floating in the middle of the Detroit River with barges coming and going if you’re wondering about pricing it’s 250 bucks during the week worth 300 on the weekends and it’ll start in may only five short months away just long enough for us all to get warmed up down by the riverfront get some cool clothes local food you can’t even feel my hands

    Two killed in boating accident on Piscataqua River
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    Two killed in boating accident on Piscataqua River

    August 16, 2019


    NOW FROM THE BOAT TO CRASH IN
    ELLIOTT, MAINE WHERE IT ALL
    HAPPENED. SIOBHAN: A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY FOR
    EVERYONE INVOLVED. THE OPERATOR WAS ABLE TO
    MANEUVER THE BOAT BACK TO THE
    LANDING. AFTER HE CRASHED ON THE NEW
    HAMPSHIRE SIDE OF THE RIVER. TWO ROSES HAVE BEEN PLACED AT
    THE LANDING AS A MEMORIAL TO THE
    LIVES LOST IN A CRASH NEARBY.>>IT WAS TERRIBLE. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR SOMEONE
    PERISH. SIOBHAN: ACCORDING TO NEW
    HAMPSHIRE A STATE POLICE MARINE
    PATROL, A MAN WAS OPERATING A
    BOAT ON THE PISCATAQUA RIVER
    WITH THREE PASSENGERS WHEN THE
    BOAT STRUCK A REALLY — A BUOY. ONE PASSENGER WAS EJECTED.>>IT IS A VERY CHALLENGING
    AREA. SIOBHAN: THE COAST GUARD ALSO
    RESPONDED TO THE CRASH. WITH THE WARMER WEATHER COMES
    MORE ACTIVITY ON THE WATER AND
    THEY URGE BOATERS TO USE
    MARCOTTE HIM.>>IT CAN BE — TO USE MORE
    CAUTION.>>IT CAN BE DANGEROUS. SIOBHAN: THE OPERATOR WAS TAKEN
    TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A POSSIBLE
    BACK INJURY. TWO FEMALES WERE PRONOUNCED
    DEAD. THE FOURTH PERSON ON BOARD WAS
    TRANSFERRED TO A BOSTON
    HOSPITAL.>>IT JUST LEAVES YOU IN SHOCK. THAT WAS TWO PEOPLE BUT IT
    PROBABLY FIFTH — BUT IT
    PROBABLY AFFECTED 15-20. IT IS SUCH A SAD THING. SIOBHAN: A FIREFIGHTER WHO
    RESPONDED TO THE CRASH LAST
    NIGHT PLACED THESE ROSES HERE
    THIS AFTERNOON WITH HIS MOTHER
    BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO PAY
    TRIBUTE TO THOSE INVOLVED. THE MARINE PATROL CONTINUES TO
    INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE
    CRASH. THEY SAY OPERATOR INATTENTION
    MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR BUT THEY
    WANT ANYON

    B.A.S.E. jumping from a sailboat mast
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    B.A.S.E. jumping from a sailboat mast

    August 16, 2019


    The main challenge of this jump is the height. We have a 40-meter mast, which isn’t very high Because of the waves and the wind, the mast tilts from side to side. It will be kind of difficult to find the right moment to jump

    Top Ten Attractions Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, Florida (ep.1)
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    Top Ten Attractions Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, Florida (ep.1)

    August 16, 2019


    Hey are you looking for some outdoor fun
    full of adventure from mild to wild? Then we’ve got just the place for you. Hey everybody and welcome to another
    episode of the Florida Trailing and Camp Report. I’m Joanne and I’m Wes. Thanks for
    joining us. If this is your first time here then welcome to our channel where
    we cover hiking backpacking and camping in Florida. If you’re interested in
    seeing more of this type of content, then consider subscribing to our Channel and
    click the notification bell so you don’t miss any of our episodes. This week we
    begin a five-part series on one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks.
    We’ll travel about an hour southeast of Tampa, to Myakka River State Park in
    Sarasota, Florida. This historical park has enough activities in it to fill a
    week-long vacation itinerary. Which makes it difficult once you arrive to know
    where to start. Especially if you only have a day or two to explore. In this
    series we’ll cover the Top 10 Attractions in Myakka River State Park.
    To help you match adventure level and attraction and make the most of your
    outdoor recreation time. Coming in at number 10 are sunsets and sunrises. Park Drive is the main road that takes
    you from the ranger station to the outpost area and the pink alligator cafe.
    And there’s lots of places to stop and enjoy a sunset along the road. But the best place to catch a
    spectacular sunset at Myakka River State Park is on the birding boardwalk
    overlooking upper Myakka lake. Coming out here we just missed sunset,
    would have been a gorgeous sunset set to share over Lake Myakka. Were gonna come back here
    and see if we capture some of this beautiful color. There’s a ton of birds out here we are on the
    birding boardwalk, gorgeous. You can hear all the birds. Since the park doesn’t open till 8:30
    you’ll need to be an overnight guest to capture a one-of-a-kind sunrise. The 75
    foot tall North Tower of the tree canopy takes you high above the treetops so
    that you can capture the dawning of a new day and witness the forest coming to
    life. Its 6:50 Sunday morning we’re on top of the treetop canopy to catch some
    time-lapse of the sunrise. It’s a little bit overcast. So I don’t know how well if our efforts
    will turn out but it sure is neat being up here so quiet. There’s a real strong
    wind you can probably hear on the camera unless our DIY dead cat is working well? This is one of the two places that we
    recommend the viewing and sunrise and sunsets on top of 75 foot high tower for
    the canopy above the treeline. Coming in at number nine, is the birding
    boardwalk in the far north area of the park. Yeah, a lot of people miss this when
    you’ll need to veer right slightly before you reach the pink alligator cafe
    and go almost all the way to the far north gate. Hey everybody we found a cool tree to
    sit in time. First time Jeremiah has ever climbed in a tree. What do you think Jeremiah? Would you climb more trees? If you found this episode entertaining or provided any
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    so you don’t miss our next episode where we’ll reveal number 7 and 8 on the
    Myakka River State Parks top 10 attraction countdown. See ya on the
    trail!