Apr 27

Nitrates in Rural Wells

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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Apr 26

Wetlands, Extreme Rain, and Climate Change

Wetlands slow and absorb water, making them critical for flood control as extreme weather becomes more common. Slow down and absorb this: Wetlands were once seen as boggy, buggy swamps with no value. Many were filled in and paved over to make room for new development. William Coon, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey, …

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Apr 25

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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Apr 24

Prevent Stormwater Pollution Like a Pro, Easily

Contaminated stormwater runoff happens. But it doesn’t have to! Get inspired: Trees love rain. Gardens love rain. Basically the planet loves good rain. But what happens in a city where much of that rainwater is not absorbed and filtered naturally into the land—and instead runs right off it? This: It washes over those hard urban …

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

Apr 21

The Rise and Fall of Lake Levels

Water levels in the Great Lakes fluctuate naturally through the year. Here’s why that matters: The cycle of high and low water levels in the Great Lakes matters to the whole country. Why? Glad you asked! When the water level in the Great Lakes fluctuates, it affects everyone differently—from commercial shippers carrying heavy loads, to lakefront property …

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