Premiere funk band Lettuce washed up on the shores of the Dominican Republic, as the band joined their jam scene contemporaries at the 2016 edition of this glorious tropical event. It doesn’t get much better than great music on the beach, and Lettuce certainly delivered a memorable performance at Dominican Holidaze last December.Fortunately, the organizers of Holidaze have been sharing videos from the event. After premiereing “Sounds Like A Party” with us early last week, Dominican Holidaze and TourGigs have teamed up to share the latest installment – “Do It Like You Do.” With Nigel Hall crushing vocals, Lettuce sounds as fresh as ever on this Fly track.Check out “Do It Like You Do,” streaming in the video below.Like seeing Lettuce on the beach? Don’t miss their upcoming Fool’s Paradise event on March 31st and April 1st in St. Augustine, FL. Lettuce will be hosting bands like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.[Photo by Josh Timmermans]
Dams have a deleterious affect on water quality and on fish habitat and passage. Indeed, wild salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River basin are down some 85 percent since the big dams went in there a half century ago. Pictured: the world famous Hoover dam, built in 1936. Photo Cred: iStockPhoto/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: How is it that dams actually hurt rivers?— Missy Davenport, Boulder, CODams are a symbol of human ingenuity and engineering prowess—controlling the flow of a wild rushing river is no small feat. But in this day and age of environmental awareness, more and more people are questioning whether generating a little hydroelectric power is worth destroying riparian ecosystems from their headwaters in the mountains to their mouths at the ocean and beyond.According to the non-profit American Rivers, over 1,000 dams across the U.S. have been removed to date. And the biggest dam removal project in history in now well underway in Olympic National Park in Washington State where two century-old dams along the Elwha River are coming out. But why go to all the trouble and expense of removing dams, especially if they contribute much-needed renewable, pollution-free electricity to our power grids?The decision usually comes down to a cost/benefit analysis taking into account how much power a given dam generates and how much harm its existence is doing to its host river’s environment. Removing the dams on the Elwha River was a no-brainer, given that they produced very little usable electricity and blocked fish passage on one of the region’s premiere salmon rivers. Other cases aren’t so clear cut.According to the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC), a consortium of 150 groups concerned about the impact of dams, degraded water quality is one of the chief concerns. Organic materials from within and outside the river that would normally wash downstream get built up behind dams and start to consume a large amount of oxygen as they decompose. In some cases this triggers algae blooms which, in turn, create oxygen-starved “dead zones” incapable of supporting river life of any kind. Also, water temperatures in dam reservoirs can differ greatly between the surface and depths, further complicating survival for marine life evolved to handle natural temperature cycling. And when dam operators release oxygen-deprived water with unnatural temperatures into the river below, they harm downstream environments as well.Dammed rivers also lack the natural transport of sediment crucial to maintaining healthy organic riparian channels. Rocks, wood, sand and other natural materials build up at the mouth of the reservoir instead of dispersing through the river’s meandering channel. “Downstream of a dam, the river is starved of its structural materials and cannot provide habitat,” reports HRC.Fish passage is also a concern. “Most dams don’t simply draw a line in the water; they eliminate habitat in their reservoirs and in the river below,” says HRC. Migratory fish like salmon, which are born upstream and may or may not survive their downstream trip around, over or through a dam, stand an even poorer chance of completing the round trip to spawn. Indeed, wild salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River basin are down some 85 percent since the big dams went in there a half century ago.While the U.S. government has resisted taking down any major hydroelectric dam along the Columbia system, political pressure is mounting. No doubt all concerned parties will be paying close attention to the ecosystem and salmon recovery on the Elwha as it unfolds over the next few decades.CONTACTS: American Rivers, www.americanrivers.org; HRC, www.hydroreform.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
The staffs Association for the various UN specialized agencies, including United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Women (UN Women), have donated 36 cartoons of rain boots to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as their initial contributions toward the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.The donation was made Wednesday, September 10, at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare by the president of Staffs Association, Mr. Calixte Hessou, to the Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Mathew Flomo.The total cost of the 36 cartoons of the rain boots is put at US$1,000 and the total number of rain boots in the cartoons is 136 pairs.Mr. Hessou said staffers the UN agencies have observed the high increase in death, especially among health workers, who should be catering for the sick.“As staffs of these entities, we thought it wise to join the fight against Ebola by making donation of needed items to the Ministry to help workers while carrying out their duties in the country,” he said.Mr. Hessou, who is a staff of UNFPA, called on all Liberians to join the fight against the deadly virus by taking all the preventive measures, including washing hands very frequently, stop eating bush meats, stop touching, among others to protect their lives. Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Mathew Flomo, who received the items on behalf of the Ministry, thanked the UN staffers for the Association’s effort in joining the Ministry to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.Min. Flomo said the items came in at the right time when health workers are in dare need of such protective gear.“We will distribute these items to the various health centers so that they can be used by the health workers,” Mr. Flomo assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)