Oct 18

Reduce, reuse, and recycle…it’s no longer enough

More than 22 million pounds of plastic ends up in the Great Lakes each year. And it’s not all coming from beach-going litterbugs. “I think so much attention has been placed on the littering problem and not enough on the fact that we have so much trash that it’s getting through other avenues like trash …

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Oct 17

A tiny green insect does major damage

Tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S have fallen victim to an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. That’s not just a problem for forests. Trees are important for water quality. “The roots help control the nitrates and phosphates, which are some of the pollutants that can enter streams and waterways. They …

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Oct 16

A state that takes trout fishing seriously

More than a hundred years ago, Pennsylvania started raising trout in hatcheries and releasing them in state waters. Today, more than four million adult trout are released each year. Gary Smith of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says, “The primary purpose of our stocked trout program is to provide recreation for our anglers.” So he …

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Oct 15

The wisdom in the adage ‘everything in moderation’

If you walk alongside a river, you might notice long strands of algae called Cladophora. Marc Peipoch of the Stroud Water Research Center says this type of algae plays an important role in streams. “Other small algae can take use of it and grow on top of the Cladophora or some insects will have some …

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Oct 14

Blazing trails – water trails – in Michigan

Kayaking and canoeing on lakes and rivers is nothing new. But there’s a growing movement to promote and improve access to paddling routes. “Today there’s an official water trail on just about every mile of Great Lakes coastline that touches Michigan,” says Harry Burkholder of the Land Information Access Association in Traverse City. He says …

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