Apr 17

Precision Farming for the Waterways’ Win

What does GPS positioning have to do with farming? Plenty, when it comes to reducing water and fertilizer use—listen up: The Midwest is renowned for both its bountiful farms and its access to the Great Lakes. But the two are sometimes at odds, considering that excess fertilizer can run off fields and pollute water resources. …

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Apr 16

Putting Down Native Roots

Landscaping with native plants can help stabilize the soil and protect water quality. Dig it: Trees and other plants are nature’s water purifiers. Their roots prevent erosion. And when it rains, they slow runoff, so it filters into the ground. But when landscaping for clean water, not all plants are equal. Cheryl Nenn of Milwaukee …

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Apr 13

Biological Gems: Indiana Dunes Edition

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is home to beautiful beaches—and plenty more, too. Listen up: Situated along 15 miles of Lake Michigan’s coastline, going to “the dunes” usually means a day at the beach. But—pack your boots—because the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s eco-treasures extend well beyond its sand and waves. Cathy Martin, parks program coordinator …

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Apr 12

Why Didn’t the Fish Cross the Road?

It’s no joke—in many places, fish can’t get to the other side of a road. Listen up for the why and so what: Turns out, fish can’t just go with the flow after all. According to research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than 1,000 dams and 100,000 road crossings inhibit fish movement in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/fish-barriers-great-lakes/

Apr 11

Helping Fish Survive an Urban Gauntlet

How are man-made islands helping young fish traveling through the Milwaukee Estuary? Listen up: Sometimes fish need a break, too. This is a story of how human development has actually helped fish find places to rest and eat as they move through the aquatic urban jungle. One sixth its former size, the Milwaukee Estuary is …

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