Category Archive: Stormwater Management

Aug 16

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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Aug 10

Water awareness through art

If you walk through Milwaukee, you may not notice if you pass a water cistern or cross a watershed boundary. But that may soon change, thanks to a project called ‘Watermarks.’ “It’s a series of physical markers that will serve as these marking points for where conversations around water can begin,” says project designer Aaron Asis. …

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Aug 09

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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Aug 03

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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Jul 30

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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