May 19

Hold the Salt, Please

Salting the roads to keep us safe during winter has long-lasting impacts on the environment. Listen up: As winter approaches, we’ll soon see salt-spreading plow trucks on the roads. And Todd Walter, director of the New York State Water Resources Institute, says salt that is washed off the roads stays in the soil for months. “It …

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May 18

A Super Highway for Aquatic Invaders

The system of locks and canals that allowed ships to bypass Niagara Falls suddenly created a path for invasive species. Tune in to this highway of info: When locks and canals began allowing ocean-going vessels to by-pass Niagara Falls, they did more than open new trade routes to the west. Suddenly… Campbell: “Things like sea …

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May 17

Too Much and Not Enough Water

Climate change is expected to deal multiple blows to water resources in New York. Drink in this: In the coming years, climate change will deal multiple blows to water resources in New York state. Horton: “We expect more heavy rain events in the future, and that can have very negative impacts on water quality.” That’s …

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May 16

Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone

Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality. Zone in on this: When we destroy the ecosystem along a stream, we threaten water quality, displace wildlife, and increase the risk of flooding. Robert Tjaden of the University of Maryland says that a three-part buffer between the water and adjacent land …

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May 15

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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