Endangered Wildlife Habitats

Temperature changes can affect wildlife and their habitats in many ways. Changes can include affecting bloom times and shifting habitats. The most significant climate change effects predicted for stream and wetland communities are increased water temperature and variability in when and how much precipitation is falling. Stream temperature is an important water quality characteristic for aquatic ecosystems. Increases in stream temperature could cause problems for certain fish and other species which require cold water for at least part of their life cycle. Pennsylvania may see a decline in some of our most valued coldwater communities. Trout will continue to decline as a result of higher water temperatures.

Eroding river banks
Increased frequency and intensity of storms will worsen the already eroding river banks of Valley Creek and the Schuylkill River. Pennsylvania is likely to see a small (around 5 to 10 percent) increase in runoff.

Last updated: June 17, 2016

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