Category Archive: Sewage & Septic Pollution

Jan 13

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Jan 09

What Goes In Must Come Out

Drinking wastewater isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Question is, just how much of the “waste” part can be removed at the treatment plant? Listen up: < Like the old saying goes, what goes in must come out. How does that apply to our wastewater, you ask? “There are plenty of communities that get …

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Dec 30

Nitrates in Rural Wells

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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Dec 25

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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Nov 12

On the Road to Cleaner Water

When you set out on a road trip, the first thing you do is find your starting point on a map and set a destination. Watershed groups use a similar approach for restoration projects. First, they establish a starting point: how bad is the pollution and what’s causing it? Then, they set a destination using …

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