Jun 19

Does Your Garden “Grow” Clean Water?

Rain gardens rock at capturing and slowing rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground so pollutants can be filtered out. Dig it: Rain is a good thing, right? Right—except for when it runs right off the land, picking up pollution all along the way. When fertilizers, herbicides, and oils are carried through drains …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/rain-gardens/

Jun 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/

Jun 17

Dams: The Good and the Bad

Dams can benefit society—and harm river ecosystems. Listen up for why it’s important to balance the good with the bad: Dams can create a reservoir to hold water, protect areas from floods, or generate clean electricity. All good, right? But wait, there’s more: A dam also physically blocks migrating fish and changes the overall biology …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/dams-the-good-and-the-bad/

Jun 14

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/

Jun 13

European Frogbit

A bit about European Frogbit: European Frogbit  may look beautiful – like tiny, white water lilies floating on the edges of ponds and slow-moving rivers. But this plant is a ruthless invader. Frogbit was brought to Canada in 1932 as an ornamental pond plant. But it’s now spread to places such as the bays and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/invasive-species/european-frogbit/

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