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May 15

Re-envisioning Our Rivers

Could a city famous for its lakefront become better known for its rivers instead? CurrentCast investigates—listen up: The “riverfront city by the lake” has a nice ring to it. And yet, Chicago’s key rivers—the Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines—have historically played a more utilitarian role for the Windy City, making it a center of commerce …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/re-envisioning-our-rivers/

May 14

The Wetlands’ Devil in Disguise

purple loosestrife in wetland area

A beautiful purple plant has some very ugly effects on many wetland ecosystems—listen up: What do you call a purple alien that’s really tough to get rid of? Purple loosestrife…and it’s no joke. First spotted in the Great Lakes region near Lake Ontario in 1869, this pretty but invasive purple flowering plant takes over wetland …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/citizen-science-2/the-wetlands-devil-in-disguise/

May 13

Muddying the Waters…in Minnesota Rivers

Urban drainage, eroding bluffs and muddy water in the Minnesota River watershed—listen up: The river banks in the Minnesota River watershed are made up of sediment that gradually washes away. Erosion is a natural process, but in excess, sediment can block light to plants and smother aquatic life. Now, it’s happening at a surprising pace—with …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/muddying-the-waters-in-minnesota-rivers/

May 10

What’s Up With Muck?

Some pretty stinky stuff is yucking up Great Lakes beaches—listen up. Is it really a coincidence that muck rhymes with yuck? This stinky, slimy stuff looks gross. But what actually do we mean by the word muck? Bretton Joldersma of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, explains that muck is decaying aquatic vegetation and algae …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/whats-up-with-muck/

May 09

Multiplying Mussels Attack!

Invasive mussels muscle their way into the Great Lakes—listen up for the scoop on why that’s scarier than it might sound. You might think a creature the size of a dime is no match for a freshwater system the size of Texas, but quagga mussels are prolific breeders. Multiply one by trillions, and you get mussels …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/creature-features/multiplying-mussels-attack/

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