Category Archive: Restoration & Conservation

Jun 18

Praise for Native Grassland Prairies

Native prairie grasses aren’t just pretty—they also improve water quality across the Midwest. Listen up: How do we love native grassland prairies? Let us count the ways—or at least, let us recount the number one water-related way: When restored, native grassland prairies can improve water quality big-time, and help prevent erosion during heavy rains. Once …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/prairie-grasses/

Jun 17

Dams: The Good and the Bad

Dams can benefit society—and harm river ecosystems. Listen up for why it’s important to balance the good with the bad: Dams can create a reservoir to hold water, protect areas from floods, or generate clean electricity. All good, right? But wait, there’s more: A dam also physically blocks migrating fish and changes the overall biology …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/dams-the-good-and-the-bad/

Jun 11

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/less-lawn-more-native-landscaping/

Jun 03

Biological Gems: Indiana Dunes Edition

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is home to beautiful beaches—and plenty more, too. Listen up: Situated along 15 miles of Lake Michigan’s coastline, going to “the dunes” usually means a day at the beach. But—pack your boots—because the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s eco-treasures extend well beyond its sand and waves. Cathy Martin, parks program coordinator …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/location-profiles/biological-gems-indiana-dunes/

May 31

Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road?

It’s no joke—in many places, fish can’t get to the other side of a road. Listen up for the why and so what: Turns out, fish can’t just go with the flow after all. According to research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than 1,000 dams and 100,000 road crossings inhibit fish movement in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/fish-barriers-great-lakes/

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