Category Archive: Sewage & Septic Pollution

Mar 14

Managing Stormwater and Sewage

In many parts of Pittsburgh, stormwater and sewage are carried in the same pipes. So during heavy rain, the system can overflow, and dump untreated sewage directly into the city’s rivers. “As we get more and more rain, it just is an outdated way of managing the flow of stormwater. And it’s just disgusting,” says Stephan …

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Feb 26

Why the Clean Water Act Is a Hard Act to Follow

One law has led to a scrub-up of America’s waterways. Dive in to the many ways rivers, lakes, and coasts have since benefited: Forty-odd years ago, two-thirds of America’s rivers, lakes, and coastal waters were too polluted for swimming or fishing. When an oil slick on a Midwestern river caught fire, the public was fed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/clean-water-act/

Feb 06

Human waste in water

In many parts of Milwaukee, stormwater is shuttled directly to rivers and Lake Michigan. Wastewater is dealt with separately and sent to a treatment plant for processing. But Sandra McLellan of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, says the infrastructure is aging. “Many of the pipes that are taking waste from our homes that should be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/human-waste-in-water/

Jan 16

From Vacant Lot to Rain Garden Plot

Why settle for a flood-prone eyesore, when you could instead turn that empty lot into a park-like urban oasis? Listen up: Syracuse, New York had a problem. Heavy rain events were overwhelming the water treatment system and shooting a mix of stormwater and sewage into a nearby lake that supplies the city’s drinking water. But …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/from-vacant-lot-to-rain-garden-plot/

Jan 03

Are you rain ready?

A new tool for assessing your flood risk: Many people in the Great Lakes region have experienced the misfortune of finding water in the basement during heavy rain. Now a free online tool called ‘My Rain Ready’ can help homeowners assess and address their flood risk. Marcella Bondie Keenan of the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood …

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