Category Archive: Toxic Contamination

Sep 20

Reducing Water Pollution One Field at a Time

Reducing runoff – one field at a time . . . Learn more: To keep agricultural runoff from polluting waterways, farmers can plant cover crops and use no-till farming. It used to be difficult and expensive to figure out which fields need these approaches the most. But Jon Winsten of the non-profit Winrock International says now …

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Sep 14

Pennsylvania Rivers Painted a Rusty Orange

Why are so many of Pennsylvania’s streams orange? Find out:   Thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s waterways are painted a rusty orange color. The artist? Acid mine drainage. John Arway of the PA Fish and Boat Commission states “Acid mine drainage is a very insidious pollution problem, and it persists for a very, very long time.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/pennsylvania-rivers-painted-a-rusty-orange/

Aug 30

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/

Aug 28

Well, Well, Well, What Safety Measures Do We Have Here?

Backyard wells offer safe and tasty water for millions of people—but that doesn’t mean they’re always clean. Draw on this: Approximately 43 million people in the U.S. get their water from private wells. And while most are safe, they should all be tested annually. “Either man-made or naturally-occurring contamination can be a problem,” explains Cliff …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/private-drinking-water-wells/

Aug 22

That Watershed Moment When You Realize…

…that water in the middle of the country eventually makes its way to the ocean. No, seriously. Listen up: You might think that people living in the middle of the United States are very removed from ocean issues, but the reality is their actions have far-reaching consequences. It’s an interconnected world, so water quality problems …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/the-watershed-approach/

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