Category Archive: Industrial & Corporate Use

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/when-good-driveways-go-bad/

Aug 29

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/whats-up-with-muck/

Aug 18

Crayons and Clean Water

The colorful side of water remediation. In Pennsylvania, abandoned coal mines have left a dirty legacy… thousands of miles of streams polluted by acid mine drainage. Wetlands can be used to treat the water. But in the process, they accumulate a lot of metal sludge that has to be removed – often at great expense. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/crayons-and-clean-water/

Jul 19

Pennsylvania Rivers Painted a Rusty Orange

Why are so many of Pennsylvania’s streams orange? Find out:   Thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s waterways are painted a rusty orange color. The artist? Acid mine drainage. John Arway of the PA Fish and Boat Commission states “Acid mine drainage is a very insidious pollution problem, and it persists for a very, very long time.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/pennsylvania-rivers-painted-a-rusty-orange/

Jul 11

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 …

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