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Whole Ecosystem Restoration Through Liming of Honnedaga Lake Tributary Watersheds

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Summary Acid rain levels in the Adirondack region have substantially declined and recovery from acid rain is underway. Recovery is being limited by the depletion of soil calcium that occurred over past decades. Not only is calcium needed for neutralizing acidity, it is an essential nutrient for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. However, recovery of soil calcium has not yet been observed. Whole-ecosystem restoration through watershed liming, possibly combined with in-stream liming, may provide a practical option for stimulating recovery of certain acid-sensitive, high-value natural resources. Information from past liming efforts, however, is insufficient for determining the degree of success that could be achieved with liming under [...]

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“Figure 1. Graph showing acid rain levels in the Adirondack region (shown by sul”
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“Pelletized limestone applied by helicopter to a subwatershed of Honnedaga L. ”
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“Figure 3. Graph showing Soil calcium levels are insufficient to prevent the mob”
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“Figure 2. Photograph showing Honnedaga watershed with shallow soils, high prepr”
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“Figure 5. Series of photographs showing Adirondack trees and plants with a high”
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valueAcid rain levels in the Adirondack region have substantially declined and recovery from acid rain is underway. Recovery is being limited by the depletion of soil calcium that occurred over past decades. Whole-ecosystem restoration through watershed liming, possibly combined with in-stream liming, may provide a practical option for stimulating recovery of certain acid-sensitive, high-value natural resources. To evaluate this treatment approach, lime is being applied aerially to an entire watershed and also directly to the channels of two streams outside the limed watershed.
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productDescriptionBondi, C. A., C. M. Beier, M. Ducey, G. B. Lawrence, and A. S. Bailey (2016), Can the eastern red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus) persist in an acidified landscape?, Ecosophere, 7(4):e01318, 15, doi:10.1002/ecs2.1318. George, S. D., B. P. Baldigo, G. B. Lawrence, and R. D. Fuller (2018), Effects of watershed and in-stream liming on macroinvertebrate communities in acidified tributaries to an Adirondack lake, Ecological Indicators, 85, 1058-1067. Homan, C., C. M. Beier, T. S. McCay, and G. B. Lawrence (2016), Application of lime (CaCO3) to promote forest recovery from severe acidification increases potential for earthworm invasion, For. Ecol. Manag., 368, 39-44, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.03.002. Josephson, D. C., G. B. Lawrence, S. D. George, J. Siemion, B. P. Baldigo, and C. E. Kraft (2019), Response of water chemistry and young-of-year brook trout to channel and watershed liming in streams showing lagging recovery from acidic deposition, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 230:144, doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11270-019-4186-x. Lawrence, G. B., D. A. Burns, and K. Riva-Murray (2016), A new look at liming as an approach to accelerate recovery from acidic deposition effects, Sci. Total Environ., 562, 35-46, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.176. Lawrence, G. B., D. C. Josephson, C. E. Kraft, C. M. Beier, J. Siemion, B. P. Baldigo, S. D. George, and R. D. Fuller (2019), Liming to Accelerate Recovery from Acid Rain Effects, Fact Sheet, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), EEA-liming-fs-1-v1Rep.
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Pelletized limestone applied by helicopter to a subwatershed of Honnedaga L.
Pelletized limestone applied by helicopter to a subwatershed of Honnedaga L.

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