Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thanks to bark beetle Black Hills water supplies recharging

Surprise!

An insect native to the Black Hills is saving precious water resources.
A big Ponderosa pine tree can suck up lots of water. While the trees are drought tolerant, they are also very good at absorbing and transpiring water in wet years. Thousands of acres of dead pines trees like these may mean higher flows in Black Hills waterways. In the Black Hills thousands of acres of Ponderosa are now gone in the wake of the biggest infestation of bark beetles in recorded history. And researchers with the United States Geological Survey now believe fewer pines maybe increasing the amount of water in some area streams. [Charles Michael Ray, Bill Janklow's idea of public radio]
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