Category Archive: Water and Recreation

Aug 13

Bringing back First Nation traditions

In 2017, twelve indigenous youth from Canada spent the summer retracing a route taken by their ancestors. James Wagar, a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, says, “The Métis were the movers of the furs, the go-between between Indian communities and the European trading forts. So the Metis traveled from Quebec City all the way through …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/bringing-back-first-nation-traditions/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/water-awareness-through-art/

Aug 06

Blazing trails – water trails – in Michigan

Kayaking and canoeing on lakes and rivers is nothing new. But there’s a growing movement to promote and improve access to paddling routes. “Today there’s an official water trail on just about every mile of Great Lakes coastline that touches Michigan,” says Harry Burkholder of the Land Information Access Association in Traverse City. He says …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/location-profiles/blazing-trails-water-trails-in-michigan/

Aug 01

Loads of Litter in the Lakes

Water bottles, plastic bags, and straws tossed on the sidewalks of lakeshore cities may be headed on a long, wet journey. “For coastal communities, somewhere between 15 and 40 percent of that mismanaged waste will end up in the water system,” says Matthew Hoffman, associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  And all that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/marine-debris/loads-of-litter-in-the-lakes/

Jul 31

Breakwalls do more than protect harbors from waves

In the Milwaukee Harbor, a 500 foot section of breakwall has been re-designed to support fish. It’s made of huge boulders that fish can hide between. Then it’s covered by a layer of smaller rocks that create habitat for prey. John Janssen of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee studies life on this breakwall. He’s found …

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