Tag Archive: rivers

Sep 06

Saving a Natural Water Filter: Mussels

Mussels have a bigger job than meets the eye. Listen up for the scoop on these clean water VIPs: They may not look like they’re up to much, but mussels actively filter contaminants along with their food, making them nature’s original water purifier. More than 300 types of mussels are native to North America. And …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/saving-freshwater-mussels/

Aug 22

That Watershed Moment When You Realize…

…that water in the middle of the country eventually makes its way to the ocean. No, seriously. Listen up: You might think that people living in the middle of the United States are very removed from ocean issues, but the reality is their actions have far-reaching consequences. It’s an interconnected world, so water quality problems …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/the-watershed-approach/

Jul 19

Water Power: The Good, the Bad, and the Bubbly

Hydropower is one of the cleaner energy options, but that doesn’t make it perfect. Wade into this: Rushing, cascading water doesn’t just power epic rafting trips—fast-flowing water also creates hydropower. It goes something like this: A dam is built in a river, holding back the water to form a reservoir. When released, the force of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/hydroelectric-power/

Apr 23

Tales From the Sewer: Overflow Happens

Sorry to have to break this to you, but sewage overflows are a thing. Plug your nose, then listen up: Here’s the raw deal: Many communities have combined sewer systems (CSS) that can overflow during rainstorms—sending raw sewage into rivers and lakes. Not a pretty picture. “A lot of these older cities like Chicago, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/combined-sewer-overflow/

Apr 20

Baby Beluga in the Deep Blue…River?

Beluga whales are found in the Saint Lawrence River—but their population is declining. Listen up: It sounds like a whale of a tale, but it’s not. Thirteen species of cetaceans can be found in the St. Lawrence River. “The St. Lawrence is an amazing area. The biodiversity out there is amazing,” says Robert Michaud, president …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/biodiversity/beluga-in-the-deep-blue-river/

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