Dec 14

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Dec 13

Too Little Phosphorus

The lowdown on phosphorus levels… Listen up: Mussels are great water filters, but too many can do more harm than good. Excess phosphorus is a problem in many parts of the Great Lakes. But in Saginaw bay, invasive mussels are removing so much that there’s not enough making its way to the deep waters of …

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Dec 12

What Goes In Must Come Out

Drinking wastewater isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Question is, just how much of the “waste” part can be removed at the treatment plant? Listen up: Like the old saying goes, what goes in must come out. How does that apply to our wastewater, you ask? “There are plenty of communities that get their …

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Dec 11

Students Break the Ice

Some students are taking a creative approach to collecting water samples from Saginaw Bay. Listen up: The Kawkawlin River, which empties into Saginaw Bay, has been polluted by excess sediment, nutrients, and even E. Coli from failing septic systems and animal agriculture. David Karpovich of Saginaw Valley State University saw an opportunity for his students …

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Dec 10

Stormwater Pollution in Winter

Shoveling frequently during storms and using just one entrance into your home can reduce the amount of pollution going into local water each winter. Transcript of the Audio Podcast: Preventing stormwater pollution in winter… on this CurrentCast. Salt, sand, chemical concoctions, and even fertilizers are used to melt ice and provide traction in wintry climates. …

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