Jul 02

A Pennsylvania River Reveals Its True Colors

Public and private groups have treated mine drainage and cleared up the water of the Kiski-Conemaugh. Listen up: Reckner: “When I was a little girl, I grew up along the banks of the river, and we used to go splash around in the water….and when we would come out, our clothes would be stained orange…” …

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Jul 01

The Ins and Outs of a Septic System

Proper care and maintenance is key for maintaining private septic systems. Don’t let this info go to waste: In a septic system, a pipe runs from the house to a septic tank where solids get separated from wastewater, which then flows out of the tank and into a drain field. Terry Gibb, senior educator with …

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Jun 28

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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Jun 27

Greener Ground, Cleaner Water

Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff. Tune in for some technicolor: When it rains, it pours…off pavement and into sewers and so-called “grey infrastructure.” This can overwhelm the system, sending pollutants past water treatment centers… straight into creeks and streams. So to absorb and filter stormwater where it falls, …

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Jun 26

Nitrates in Rural Wells

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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