Tag Archive: New York Sea Grant

Apr 29

Great Lakes Observing System

Buoy oh buoy… The Great Lakes are wonderful places for boating and fishing. But they can also be dangerous, so it’s important to know the lake conditions before going out. Now, a system of near-shore buoys provides boaters with information about air and water temperature, wave height, currents, wind direction and speed… According to Kelli …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-climate-change/great-lakes-observing-system/

Apr 26

Holding the Invaders at Bay

On the lookout for invasive plants: When a new plant moves into a lake or stream, take note – it could be cause for concern. Sandra Keppner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that rapidly spreading invasive plants like water chestnut and hydrilla are causing big problems for New York waters. “We see …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/biodiversity/holding-the-invaders-at-bay/

Apr 11

Hard to Tell the Good Guys From the Bad

There are thousands of different types of blue-green algae, and only a few produce harmful toxins. Tell your friends to listen to this: Blue green algae aren’t all bad. After all, there are about 6,000 different species… Boyer: And there are probably only a hundred or so that are known to make toxins that would …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/hard-to-tell-the-good-guys-from-the-bad/

Mar 22

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/restoration-and-conservation-initiatives/fish-app/

Mar 21

Legacy of the Johnstown Flood

Remembering and learning from a historic tragedy: After a hard rain in the spring of 1889, a man-made lake burst through a dam. A wall of water three stories high ripped through Johnstown, Pennsylvania, destroying the town and killing more than 2,000 people. Jed Shugerman, a law professor at Fordham University, says attempts by townspeople …

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