Category Archive: Citizen Science

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/students-break-the-ice/

Oct 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/

Sep 28

Trout in the Classroom

School is in session for these trout: Some students across Pennsylvania are helping raise brook trout in classroom aquariums. And it’s not just a front row seat to the life cycle of the fish. Amidea Daniel of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says the students also learn about water quality through hands-on activities – …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/restoration-and-conservation-initiatives/trout-in-the-classroom/

Sep 13

FISH App

What’s app-ening in your local waterway?: Everyday explorers are now using their smartphones to document what they see in their local waterways. It’s thanks to an app called FISH – or first investigation of stream health. “Anybody any place can use this to track data,” says Kristen Kyler of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/restoration-and-conservation-initiatives/fish-app/

Sep 07

When Sharing is Not Caring

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare say these 8 states: We’ve always been taught to share. But the eight Great Lakes states have a legal pact that limits the sharing of their most valuable resource: water. Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes states, “Even though there’s a lot of water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/when-sharing-is-not-caring/

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