Jan 19

Pennsylvania Rivers Painted a Rusty Orange

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Why are so many of Pennsylvania’s streams orange? Find out:   Thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s waterways are painted a rusty orange color. The artist? Acid mine drainage. John Arway of the PA Fish and Boat Commission states “Acid mine drainage is a very insidious pollution problem, and it persists for a very, very long time.” …

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Jan 18

FISH App

What’s app-ening in your local waterway?: Everyday explorers are now using their smartphones to document what they see in their local waterways. It’s thanks to an app called FISH – or first investigation of stream health. “Anybody any place can use this to track data,” says Kristen Kyler of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center. …

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Jan 17

Great Lakes Water on the Move

Lake Erie water is on the move! Listen up: In the Great Lakes, changes in wind and air pressure can spawn what are called seiches. “Imagine water in a sink or a bathtub sloshing back and forth—it bounces off one end, and then it bounces off the other, that’s what we call a seiche, it’s really …

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Jan 16

Legacy of the Johnstown Flood

Remembering and learning from an historic tragedy: After a hard rain in the spring of 1889, a man-made lake burst through a dam. A wall of water three stories high ripped through Johnstown, Pennsylvania, destroying the town and killing more than 2,000 people. Jed Shugerman, a law professor at Fordham University, says attempts by townspeople …

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Jan 13

Lake Ontario’s Best-Kept Secret – Sand Dunes

Scientists work to turn back the sands of time. There’s a stunning 17-mile section of dunes on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario in New York. Formed by glaciers, the dunes protect wetlands, creating habitat for birds and fish. Thirty years ago, unrestricted access led to damage by all-terrain vehicles and over-use. Today, trails and dune …

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