Oct 15

Can the Chicago River Change Its Ways (Again)?

Chicago once reversed—and now may re-reverse—its river. Why? Listen up: More than a hundred years ago, pipes spewed sewage and factory waste directly into the Chicago River, which flowed into Lake Michigan, the city’s source of drinking water. Not surprisingly, waterborne diseases ran rampant. Chicago’s solution was as mind-boggling as its problem—to reverse the flow …

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Oct 05

Crayons and Clean Water

The colorful side of water remediation. In Pennsylvania, abandoned coal mines have left a dirty legacy… thousands of miles of streams polluted by acid mine drainage. Wetlands can be used to treat the water. But in the process, they accumulate a lot of metal sludge that has to be removed – often at great expense. …

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Oct 04

Lake Ontario Drumlins

No bluffing… Lake Ontario has some unique shorelines: Drumlins are long narrow hills that were created by glaciers thousands of years ago. In New York, drumlins start on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario and extend south for miles. John DeHollander is retired from the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District. He says wind …

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Oct 03

Clean, Drain, and Dry

Boaters can help turn away unwanted hitchhikers. Here’s how: Invasive plants and animals can wreak havoc on waterways, from making a shoreline less able to withstand flooding to harming fish. Boaters can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning plants and mud off their boats; then they should drain and dry out before …

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Oct 02

On the Road to Cleaner Water

Quantifying the need for water restoration: When you set out on a road trip, the first thing you do is find your starting point on a map and set a destination. Watershed groups use a similar approach for restoration projects. First, they establish a starting point: how bad is the pollution and what’s causing it? …

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