Category Archive: Development

Sep 22

Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor

By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can protect water quality—and in turn, their own crops. Listen up: It’s no coincidence that fruit farms flourish across the Great Lakes. And now, farmers are finding new ways to ensure they continue to do so. “The Lake Michigan fruit belt is a 200-mile stretch …

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Sep 19

The Dirt on Sediment Pollution

When you hear about water pollution, you probably think of chemicals—but soil and silt can harm rivers, too. Listen up: It might come as a surprise to think that something as natural as soil actually contributes to water pollution. But excess soil runoff, or sediment, can have a range of negative effects, from clouding water …

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Sep 15

When Good Driveways Go Bad

Coal-tar sealants may protect your driveway—but they don’t protect water resources. Here’s the dirt: Driveways and parking lots are coated with a sealant to protect them. But the coating needs to be reapplied every two to three years because driving on it grinds it into dust. And that means as dust wears off, any given …

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Sep 13

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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Sep 05

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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