Feb 21

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/

Feb 20

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/

Feb 17

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/

Feb 16

Muddying the Waters…in Minnesota Rivers

Urban drainage, eroding bluffs and muddy water in the Minnesota River watershed—listen up: The river banks in the Minnesota River watershed are made up of sediment that gradually washes away. Erosion is a natural process, but in excess, sediment can block light to plants and smother aquatic life. Now, it’s happening at a surprising pace—with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/muddying-the-waters-in-minnesota-rivers/

Feb 15

Can the Chicago River Change Its Ways (Again)?

Chicago once reversed—and now may re-reverse—its river. Why? Listen up: More than a hundred years ago, pipes spewed sewage and factory waste directly into the Chicago River, which flowed into Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. Not surprisingly, waterborne diseases ran rampant. Chicago’s solution was as mind-boggling as its problem—to reverse the flow …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/can-the-chicago-river-change-its-ways-again/

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