May 20

“I Brake for Clean Water”

DYK that normal vehicle wear and tear harms water resources? Listen up to learn how cars are a driving force behind polluted water—and how you can help: It’s true that a good hard rainstorm makes everything look shiny and clean. But, unfortunately, equally true is that this same rainfall washes chemicals and debris off roads …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/i-brake-for-clean-water/

May 17

Fishy Business

How much sustainably caught fish comes out of the Great Lakes each year? We cast around for answers—and caught ’em. Listen up: Throughout history, people have been hooked on fishing the Great Lakes, from Native Americans in birch bark canoes to commercial fishermen in modern boats. A century ago, nearly 150 million pounds of fish were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/fishy-business/

May 16

The Eco-Magic of Permeable Pavement

You won’t believe what happens when water hits this surface—listen up: Now you see it, now you don’t…that’s what happens when rain falls on the magical pavement pictured here. With this wondrous material, water pools up briefly, and then seems to simply disappear into the surface. That’s quite the opposite of traditional, impermeable pavements, from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/permeable-pavement/

May 15

Re-envisioning Our Rivers

Could a city famous for its lakefront become better known for its rivers instead? CurrentCast investigates—listen up: The “riverfront city by the lake” has a nice ring to it. And yet, Chicago’s key rivers—the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines—have historically played a more utilitarian role for the Windy City, making it a center of commerce …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/re-envisioning-our-rivers/

May 14

The Wetlands’ Devil in Disguise

purple loosestrife in wetland area

A beautiful purple plant has some very ugly effects on many wetland ecosystems—listen up: What do you call a purple alien that’s really tough to get rid of? Purple loosestrife…and it’s no joke. First spotted in the Great Lakes region near Lake Ontario in 1869, this pretty but invasive purple flowering plant takes over wetland …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/citizen-science-2/the-wetlands-devil-in-disguise/

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