Our acorns

The oak trees in our yard produce acorns every other year and this is one of the years.  I got some early acorn pictures, although I must admit these are already several weeks old.  Ripe acorns are attacking our deck now.

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Nuke plant has fish hatchery

Just up the river from us in Cordova IL is the Quad Cities nuclear plant, owned 75% by Exelon and 25% by Midamerican Energy.  We boat past it all the time.  And there are always fisherman out there.  Part of it is that the cooling water is directly discharged to the river and the water temp is just a bit higher there.   As built, the cooling water was to be placed in a moat around the plant, but that did not work.  So they were allowed to discharge to the river and as compensation the old moat was turned into a fish hatchery.  And a very successful one at that.  Here is the story.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/article_afcd6086-b20d-11df-b695-001cc4c002e0.html