Category Archive: Water & Health

Jun 26

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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Jun 12

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/climate-woes-in-pennsylvania-waterways/

Jun 06

Try Not to Get Carried Away

The Great Lakes can have powerful currents as dangerous as those in the ocean. Tune in for some “current” events: When you think rip current, you might think the Atlantic Ocean. But rip currents are quite common in the Great Lakes as well. National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock says there are a couple conditions necessary to …

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May 07

Great Lakes, Great Magic

There’s a magical, rich resource right in America’s backyard—listen up, Great Lakes lovers: It’s no illusion that the Great Lakes are awesome. Anthropologist Loren Eiseley wrote, “If there is magic on this planet, it’s contained in water.” If so, the Great Lakes are among the most magical places on earth. They hold six quadrillion gallons of fresh …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-conservation-2/great-lakes-great-magic/

Apr 24

See Sea Species in the Sea, Not the Lakes

Sea-faring ships, ballast water, and invasive species . . . Learn more: Ships use water as ballast to add weight and increase their stability. But that water can bring invasive species into the Great Lakes from elsewhere. “They’re bringing in all the stuff that’s in the water. So zooplankton, fish, plants, bacteria, diseases, all those …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/invasive-species/see-sea-species-in-the-sea-not-the-lakes/

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