Category Archive: Agricultural Runoff

May 22

In Land We Trust

How can protecting the land help protect water resources? Listen up as we count the trusted ways— In a healthy watershed, the water passes through the land, which acts like a natural filter. So to protect water quality, it’s important to protect the land—and land trusts are one way to do it. A binding legal …

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May 16

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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May 13

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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May 10

What’s Up With Muck?

Some pretty stinky stuff is yucking up Great Lakes beaches—listen up. Is it really a coincidence that muck rhymes with yuck? This stinky, slimy stuff looks gross. But what actually do we mean by the word muck? Bretton Joldersma of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, explains that muck is decaying aquatic vegetation and algae …

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Apr 30

On the Road to Cleaner Water

When you set out on a road trip, the first thing you do is find your starting point on a map and set a destination. Watershed groups use a similar approach for restoration projects. First, they establish a starting point: how bad is the pollution and what’s causing it? Then, they set a destination using …

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