Category Archive: Water and the Economy

Jan 21

An Iconic Waterway

The Erie Canal introduced a new path to the west by connecting Albany to Buffalo. When the Erie Canal was built, it linked the Hudson River to Lake Erie, connecting Albany to Buffalo. That introduced a new path to the west and set the stage for increased trade.  Stewart: “Your other alternative was crossing over …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/an-iconic-waterway/

Dec 18

Praise for Native Grassland Prairies

Native prairie grasses aren’t just pretty—they also improve water quality across the Midwest. Listen up: How do we love native grassland prairies? Let us count the ways—or at least, let us recount the number one water-related way: When restored, native grassland prairies can improve water quality big-time, and help prevent erosion during heavy rains. Once …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/prairie-grasses/

Nov 29

Fishy Business

How much sustainably caught fish comes out of the Great Lakes each year? We cast around for answers—and caught ’em. Listen up: Throughout history, people have been hooked on fishing the Great Lakes, from Native Americans in birch bark canoes to commercial fishermen in modern boats. A century ago, nearly 150 million pounds of fish were …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-the-economy/fishy-business/

Nov 27

Re-envisioning Our Rivers

Could a city famous for its lakefront become better known for its rivers instead? CurrentCast investigates—listen up: The “riverfront city by the lake” has a nice ring to it. And yet, Chicago’s key rivers—the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines—have historically played a more utilitarian role for the Windy City, making it a center of commerce …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/re-envisioning-our-rivers/

Oct 08

When Sharing is Not Caring

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to spare say these 8 states: We’ve always been taught to share. But the eight Great Lakes states have a legal pact that limits the sharing of their most valuable resource: water. Molly Flanagan of the Alliance for the Great Lakes states, “Even though there’s a lot of water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/when-sharing-is-not-caring/

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