March 2013

Clams Muddle Delta Restoration

Robin Meadows Download: Estuary News, April 2013 PDF Boosting phytoplankton growth is a key part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the supply of these tiny algae at the base of the Delta’s food web has plunged over the last few decades. According to conventional wisdom, the best way to increase phytoplankton is to create shallow, slow waters to give algae plenty of light, as well as the chance to build up over time. But recent research upends this approach for ecosystems that, like the Delta, have been invaded by exotic clams. “For many, this is a new way of thinking,” says US Geological Survey engineer Lisa Lucas, who reported this work with colleague Janet Thompson in the December...
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