Sep 26

Yes We Can, Reverse Algal Bloom Pollution

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Harmful algal blooms are increasing in size and frequency—but they are reversible. Listen up: When swimming in the blue, stray away from the stinky green stuff known as algal blooms, which occur when large amounts of algae produce toxins. While water treatment facilities can successfully treat public drinking supplies, the toxins can cause liver damage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/algal-blooms/

Sep 23

Chicago’s 2-in-1 Win Saves Water and Money

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Chicagoans now have double the incentive to conserve water, thanks to a voluntary new metering program. Listen up:  When there’s a flat rate for water, it’s easy to overlook how much you use—and therefore easy to inadvertently waste it. So the City of Chicago has a promising new solution up its  sleeve. To give residents …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-conservation-2/chicago-metersave/

Sep 22

When Fertilizer “Leaks,” Water Pollution Peaks

Fertilizers can run off into streams and lakes, so, word to the wise—less is more. Listen up:  You might think the more fertilizer on your garden, the better—but using too much may do more harm than good when it comes to clean water. This is in large part because nitrate in fertilizer can leach into water, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/fertilizer-leaks-pollution/

Sep 21

Dams: They Cut Both Ways

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Dams can benefit society—and harm river ecosystems. Listen up for why it’s important to balance the good with the bad: > Dams can create a reservoir to hold water, protect areas from floods, or generate clean electricity. All good, right? But wait, there’s more: A dam also physically blocks migrating fish and changes the overall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/dams-the-good-and-the-bad/

Sep 20

The Lawn Ranger Says, “Don’t Overwater, Kids!”

Heigh ho, lawns need less water than most people know! Listen up for some water-saving heroics: Your lawn may look like as dry and thirsty as the Old West—but it probably needs less water than you think. Turns out, most grass grows best with about one inch of water every seven to ten days, and …

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