Category Archive: Restoration & Conservation

Mar 05

When a wet winter can be bad for water quality

For more than 100 years, coal was mined near Turtle Creek in western Pennsylvania. The river became polluted. “But that began to improve through the 1970s,” says Gary Smith of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. He says regulations and restoration projects led to cleaner water. Then last year a very wet winter filled abandoned mines …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/turtle-creek/

Feb 13

A tale of two countries

Communities on both sides of Lake Ontario are vulnerable to flooding by waters that can go up and down as much as six feet. But Lana Pollack, the U.S. Chair of The International Joint Commission, says Canadians have created a protective buffer. In the 1950s, Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto with a vengeance. The flooding killed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/a-tale-of-two-countries/

Feb 01

Restoring Great Lakes Wetlands

Lakeshore marshes and meadows create wildlife habitat and provide benefits to people, too … Howe: “Filtering your water, absorbing high water during flooding events, providing more fish and wildlife experiences for people.” Jim Howe directs the Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York. He says maintaining these ecosystems requires occasional fluctuations in water level. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/restoring-great-lakes-wetlands/

Jan 29

Breakwalls do more than protect harbors from waves

In the Milwaukee Harbor, a 500 foot section of breakwall has been re-designed to support fish. It’s made of huge boulders that fish can hide between. Then it’s covered by a layer of smaller rocks that create habitat for prey. John Janssen of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee studies life on this breakwall. He’s found …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/breakwalls-do-more-than-protect-harbors-from-waves/

Jan 28

Bridging an urban-rural divide in the Midwest

When excess fertilizer or manure washes off farm fields, it can contaminate water that supplies nearby cities. But farmers may hesitate to change their ways because it can affect the bottom line. Using less fertilizer can reduce crop yields. And other solutions such as buffer strips may require taking land out of production. So the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/bridging-an-urban-rural-divide-in-the-midwest/

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