Tag Archive: stormwater

Jun 24

The Rain Barrel Barrels Back

The humble rain barrel is an easy-does-it way to save water and money. Listen up:  Most old technologies fade into obscurity, but the classic rain barrel is making a splashy comeback. Why? Because it’s an old-fashioned idea that still works. The barrel collects the water that usually pours down your gutters and often into storm drains. …

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Jun 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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Jun 12

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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Jun 10

Swimming in Sewage

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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Mar 14

Managing Stormwater and Sewage

In many parts of Pittsburgh, stormwater and sewage are carried in the same pipes. So during heavy rain, the system can overflow, and dump untreated sewage directly into the city’s rivers. “As we get more and more rain, it just is an outdated way of managing the flow of stormwater. And it’s just disgusting,” says Stephan …

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