Nov 16

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/

Nov 15

Yes We Can, Reverse Algal Bloom Pollution

Harmful algal blooms are increasing in size and frequency—but they are reversible. Listen up: When swimming in the blue, stray away from the stinky green stuff known as algal blooms, which occur when large amounts of algae produce toxins. While water treatment facilities can successfully treat public drinking supplies, the toxins can cause liver damage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/algal-blooms/

Nov 14

Dams: They Cut Both Ways

Dams can benefit society—and harm river ecosystems. Listen up for why it’s important to balance the good with the bad: Dams can create a reservoir to hold water, protect areas from floods, or generate clean electricity. All good, right? But wait, there’s more: A dam also physically blocks migrating fish and changes the overall biology …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/dams-the-good-and-the-bad/

Nov 13

From Farms to Feathers

Reclaimed wetlands bring back native plants, animals, and rare birds for the eco-win. Listen up: Fifteen years ago, the non-profit Wetlands Initiative bought 3,000 acres of former wetland in Illinois. The land had been drained and used to grow crops for more than a century. But once they began letting the water back onto the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/restoration-and-conservation-initiatives/from-farms-to-feathers/

Nov 12

Cover the Eco-Bases With Cover Crops

Farmers put covers on their fields—but not so they can sleep! Cover crops reduce erosion and improve water absorption. Dig in: You might think soil could use a rest between growing seasons. But leaving soil bare through winter makes it vulnerable to heavy rain and winds that cause erosion and wash nutrients out of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/cover-the-eco-bases-with-cover-crops/

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