Category Archive: Water & Health

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 16

Yes We Can, Reverse Algal Bloom Pollution

Harmful algal blooms are increasing in size and frequency—but they are reversible. Listen up: When swimming in the blue, stray away from the stinky green stuff known as algal blooms, which occur when large amounts of algae produce toxins. While water treatment facilities can successfully treat public drinking supplies, the toxins can cause liver damage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/algal-blooms/

Oct 13

When Fertilizer “Leaks,” Water Pollution Peaks

Fertilizers can run off into streams and lakes, so, word to the wise—less is more. Listen up:  You might think the more fertilizer on your garden, the better—but using too much may do more harm than good when it comes to clean water. This is in large part because nitrate in fertilizer can leach into water, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/fertilizer-leaks-pollution/

Sep 26

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/what-goes-in-must-come-out/

Sep 12

Lake Erie’s Got the Algal Bloom Blues

This Great Lake has a problem that’s blooming out of control. Jam on this: Lake Erie touches upon Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada, and provides drinking water to more than 11 million people. But phosphorus from fertilizer and sewage has increased cyanobacteria in the lake. Often called blue-green algae, it can produce toxic …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/lake-erie-algal-blooms/

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