Reduce water level of flooded peatlands
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Pools may naturally form on the surface of peatlands. However, peatland vegetation can be destroyed by deep, long-term flooding e.g. above dams constructed for electricity generation (Kelly et al. 1997) or following extreme weather events. Lowering the water level could allow the former peatland vegetation to recover.
Key peatland types where this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Kelly C.A., Rudd J.W.M., Bodalay R.A., Roulet N.P., St. Louis V.L., Heyes A., Moore T.R., Schiff S., Aravena R., Scott K.J., Dyck B., Harris R., Warner B. & Edwards G. (1997) Increases in fluxes of greenhouse gases and methyl mercury following flooding of an experimental reservoir. Environmental Science and Technology, 31, 1334–1344.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018