Tag Archive: runoff

Jan 04

Minnesota Phosphorus Ban

Minnesota laid down the law on phosphorus: Plants need phosphorus to grow. But if there’s more than the plants can use, it can wash off lawns into waterways. Then mucky algae builds up. So, in 2004, the state of Minnesota began restricting the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizers. To buy any, you must have a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/minnesota-phosphorus-ban/

Dec 20

Trees as Stormwater Managers

A growing solution to stormwater runoff: If you’ve stood under a tree to stay dry during a storm, you know that leaves and branches can slow or even stop raindrops. Ted Endreny of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry says in a drizzle… Endreny: “The canopy can capture nearly …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/trees-as-stormwater-managers/

Nov 28

Greener Ground, Cleaner Water

Trading grey pipes for green spaces is helping cities control storm-water runoff. Tune in for some technicolor: When it rains, it pours…off pavement and into sewers and so-called “grey infrastructure.” This can overwhelm the system, sending pollutants past water treatment centers… straight into creeks and streams. So to absorb and filter stormwater where it falls, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/greener-ground-cleaner-water/

Nov 19

Does Your Garden “Grow” Clean Water?

Rain gardens rock at capturing and slowing rainwater, allowing it to seep slowly into the ground so pollutants can be filtered out. Dig it: Rain is a good thing, right? Right—except for when it runs right off the land, picking up pollution all along the way. When fertilizers, herbicides, and oils are carried through drains …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/rain-gardens/

Nov 15

Yes We Can, Reverse Algal Bloom Pollution

Harmful algal blooms are increasing in size and frequency—but they are reversible. Listen up: When swimming in the blue, stray away from the stinky green stuff known as algal blooms, which occur when large amounts of algae produce toxins. While water treatment facilities can successfully treat public drinking supplies, the toxins can cause liver damage …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/algal-blooms/

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