Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

Nov 08

Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping

Lakefront landscaping is key to water quality. Listen up: You might like the look of a clean-cut lawn, but if you have lake front property, experts say not to mow all the way to the shoreline. Rozumalski: “The most important thing you can do for your lake is to create a buffer zone, and this …

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Nov 07

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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Nov 03

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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Oct 26

Intersex Fish and Water Quality

Researchers are reeling in male fish with female characteristics, causing concerns about water quality. Let’s dive in: A study in Pennsylvania river basins has turned up evidence of intersex fish—males carrying immature eggs. The result has raised concern about the widespread level of hormones in our waterways. “We use fish as an indicator that there …

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Oct 25

Healthy Streams for Healthy Herds

When farmers improve the health of streams on their land, it also improves the health of their herds. Listen up: Farm-lovers gather round, this one’s for you. Manure and fertilizer runoff from farms is a significant source of water pollution. But did you know that runoff can harm the health of the herd, too? “Water …

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