Aug 25

Just Add Water

You, too, can take a tour of this VIP restoration area--like the one Gary Sullivan is leading, here (via the Wetlands Initiative)

Once drained to make room for agriculture, two Illinois lakes have undergone a dramatic transformation. Listen up: Just add water? That was the recipe for success in Illinois’ Hennepin and Hopper Lakes, which used to be drained to make room for crops. Restoring these lakes to their natural state was an important undertaking. For one …

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Aug 24

Students Break the Ice

Director of SVSU's Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute David Karpovich on the river with student researchers (via SVSU Communications)

Some students are taking a creative approach to collecting water samples from Saginaw Bay. Listen up: The Kawkawlin River, which empties into Saginaw Bay, has been polluted by excess sediment, nutrients, and even E. Coli from failing septic systems and animal agriculture. David Karpovich of Saginaw Valley State University saw an opportunity for his students …

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Aug 23

The Dirt on Sediment Pollution

When you hear about water pollution, you probably think of chemicals—but soil and silt can harm rivers, too. Listen up: It might come as a surprise to think that something as natural as soil actually contributes to water pollution. But excess soil runoff, or sediment, can have a range of negative effects, from clouding water …

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Aug 22

Going Against the Flow

Joel Brammeier Asian carp meeting

Restoring the original flow of the Chicago River could be the best way to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop: Chicago’s going against the flow…again. More than a century ago, the direction of the Chicago River was reversed to move the city’s wastewater away from Lake Michigan. The …

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Aug 19

When Good Driveways Go Bad

Cheryl Kallio is associate director of Freshwater Future. (via Freshwater Future)

Coal-tar sealants may protect your driveway—but they don’t protect water resources. Here’s the dirt: Driveways and parking lots are coated with a sealant to protect them. But the coating needs to be reapplied every two to three years because driving on it grinds it into dust. And that means as dust wears off, any given …

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