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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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/crayons-and-clean-water/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-recreation/clean-drain-and-dry/

Sep 14

Pennsylvania Rivers Painted a Rusty Orange

Why are so many of Pennsylvania’s streams orange? Find out:   Thousands of miles of Pennsylvania’s waterways are painted a rusty orange color. The artist? Acid mine drainage. John Arway of the PA Fish and Boat Commission states “Acid mine drainage is a very insidious pollution problem, and it persists for a very, very long time.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/pennsylvania-rivers-painted-a-rusty-orange/

Sep 13

FISH App

What’s app-ening in your local waterway?: Everyday explorers are now using their smartphones to document what they see in their local waterways. It’s thanks to an app called FISH – or first investigation of stream health. “Anybody any place can use this to track data,” says Kristen Kyler of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center. …

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