Latest Science

Mekong Journey: Fish Water from Mother Water

February 12, 2013

Follow Jeff
Sunset on the Mekong. Photo by Jeff Opperman.

Jeff Opperman, a freshwater scientist for The Nature Conservancy, is blogging at the New York Times on his journey to the Mekong River. This post features the food his family experienced along the way–and it’s almost all tied to the “mother water,” as area residents call the river.

Jeff Opperman

Jeff Opperman, Ph.D., lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’sGreat Rivers Partnership, has been working to protect rivers and lakes for more than 15 years. He has provided strategic and scientific guidance to freshwater conservation projects across theUnited States as well as in China, Africa and Latin America. Through strategy development, scientific research, and support to field projects, Jeff focuses on protecting and restoring river-floodplain ecosystems and improving the environmental sustainability of hydropower. More from Jeff

Follow Jeff

Join the Discussion

Please note that all comments are moderated and may take some time to appear.

2 comments

  1. I am a resident of the Thorn Creek 107 sq. mile watershed where salmon from Lake Michigan attempt to spawn. But the Dam at 26th Street, Chicago Heights, is 12 feet high and holds back Sauk Trail Lake which contains about 8 feet of silt. This dam provides flooding protection for the Flashiest Stream in NE Illinois. It contains a 30 inch Drain which if left open would gradually convert this Retention Reservoir to a Detention Reservoir with a meandering stream channel to allow the Salmon to reach the upstream 1000 acre Nature Preserve. The MWRD-GC (considered the world’s largest sanitary district is in charge of Stormwater Management for all of Cook County. Unfortunately, the Cook County Forest Preserve (also the worlds largest forest preserve) has studied taking down this rock dam, but not considered turning over this resource to the Stormwater Authority. When the salmon do arrive each fall, and have been seen spawning at Joe Orr Road, the silt from Sauk Trial Lake, most likely defeats this activity from completing. Link to Video of Salmon at 26th street: http://www.chitown-angler.com/1fish/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=67639
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMBHOqoK-NM
    Charles Dieringer, Chicago Heights and member of the Thorn Creek Restoration Coalition
    and volunteer facilitator for: rmms.illinois. edu (the Resource Management Mapping Service)
    http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/restoration-coalition-cleans-thorn-creek-preserve/article_45d46fe9-2ece-5a44-95e1-4e2d1095c0b9.html