Tag Archive: rivers

Feb 12

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/

Dec 25

Students Break the Ice

Some students are taking a creative approach to collecting water samples from Saginaw Bay. Listen up: The Kawkawlin River, which empties into Saginaw Bay, has been polluted by excess sediment, nutrients, and even E. Coli from failing septic systems and animal agriculture. David Karpovich of Saginaw Valley State University saw an opportunity for his students …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/students-break-the-ice/

Dec 16

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/

Dec 12

Helping Fish Survive an Urban Gauntlet

How are man-made islands helping young fish traveling through the Milwaukee Estuary? Listen up: Sometimes fish need a break, too. This is a story of how human development has actually helped fish find places to rest and eat as they move through the aquatic urban jungle. One sixth its former size, the Milwaukee Estuary is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/helping-fish-survive-an-urban-gauntlet/

Dec 06

The Dirt on Sediment Pollution

When you hear about water pollution, you probably think of chemicals—but soil and silt can harm rivers, too. Listen up: It might come as a surprise to think that something as natural as soil actually contributes to water pollution. But excess soil runoff, or sediment, can have a range of negative effects, from clouding water …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/the-dirt-on-sediment-pollution/

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