Category Archive: Toxic Contamination

Nov 10

A Pennsylvania River Reveals Its True Colors

Public and private groups have treated mine drainage and cleared up the water of the Kiski-Conemaugh. Listen up: Reckner: “When I was a little girl, I grew up along the banks of the river, and we used to go splash around in the water….and when we would come out, our clothes would be stained orange…” …

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Nov 03

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/nitrates-in-rural-wells/

Oct 26

Intersex Fish and Water Quality

Researchers are reeling in male fish with female characteristics, causing concerns about water quality. Let’s dive in: A study in Pennsylvania river basins has turned up evidence of intersex fish—males carrying immature eggs. The result has raised concern about the widespread level of hormones in our waterways. “We use fish as an indicator that there …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/intersex-fish/

Oct 19

Dog Waste: More Than Just a Pedestrian Problem

Our canine companions bring us so much joy—until their movements make it to our waters. Plug your nose and listen up: There are roughly 83 million dogs in the U.S., and each one produces a hefty 275 pounds of droppings a year. Quick gross-out moment: It is estimated that almost half of dog owners do …

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

Oct 18

Small Streams: The Heart and Soul of Waterways

When it comes to water quality, size is definitely not everything. Listen up for the big impact of small streams: They may be little enough to hop, skip, and jump across, but even the smallest streams lead to healthier waterways. In fact, small streams are “the heart and soul” of the whole system, according to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/small-streams-matter/

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