Category Archive: Sewage & Septic Pollution

Dec 14

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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Dec 12

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 their …

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Dec 11

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 27

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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Oct 29

Going Against the Flow

Joel Brammeier Asian carp meeting

Restoring the original flow of the Chicago River could be the best way to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop: Chicago’s going against the flow…again. More than a century ago, the direction of the Chicago River was reversed to move the city’s wastewater away from Lake Michigan. The …

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