Oct 23

Trees Can Be a Stream’s Best Friend

Streams with forested banks are healthier than streams without ’em. Wade in to cleaner water: Tree-lined streams aren’t just pretty—healthy trees also make for healthier streams. How’s that, you ask? A review of more than 200 studies about streams led Bern Sweeney, PhD, director and senior research scientist of Pennsylvania’s Stroud Water Research Center, to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/streams-and-trees/

Oct 20

Does Your Garden “Grow” Clean Water?

Rain gardens rock at capturing and slowing rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground so pollutants can be filtered out. Dig it: Rain is a good thing, right? Right—except for when it runs right off the land, picking up pollution all along the way. When fertilizers, herbicides, and oils are carried through drains …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/rain-gardens/

Oct 19

Dog Waste: More Than Just a Pedestrian Problem

Our canine companions bring us so much joy—until their movements make it to our waters. Plug your nose and listen up: There are roughly 83 million dogs in the U.S., and each one produces a hefty 275 pounds of droppings a year. Quick gross-out moment: It is estimated that almost half of dog owners do …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/dog-waste-and-water/

Oct 18

Small Streams: The Heart and Soul of Waterways

When it comes to water quality, size is definitely not everything. Listen up for the big impact of small streams: They may be little enough to hop, skip, and jump across, but even the smallest streams lead to healthier waterways. In fact, small streams are “the heart and soul” of the whole system, according to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/small-streams-matter/

Oct 17

Praise for Native Grassland Prairies

Native prairie grasses aren’t just pretty—they also improve water quality across the Midwest. Listen up: How do we love native grassland prairies? Let us count the ways—or at least, let us recount the number one water-related way: When restored, native grassland prairies can improve water quality big-time, and help prevent erosion during heavy rains. Once …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/prairie-grasses/

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