Tag Archive: streams

Aug 08

Good fences make good water

Cows wading in a stream might make a pretty picture. But the reality is a lot less pleasant. Jinjun Kan is a microbiologist with Stroud Research Center. He’s been monitoring streams in the Delaware River Watershed for bacteria that are present as a result of fecal contamination. And he’s found high levels, especially in summer. …

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Jun 12

Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone

Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality. Zone in on this: When we destroy the ecosystem along a stream, we threaten water quality, displace wildlife, and increase the risk of flooding. Robert Tjaden of the University of Maryland says that a three-part buffer between the water and adjacent land …

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May 16

Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this: Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained. Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, …

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May 03

Healthy Streams for Healthy Herds

When farmers improve the health of streams on their land, it also improves the health of their herds. Listen up: Farm-lovers gather round, this one’s for you. Manure and fertilizer runoff from farms is a significant source of water pollution. But did you know that runoff can harm the health of the herd, too? “Water …

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Dec 25

Planting Trees for Tribs

Trees and riverbanks make a great match in the great state of New York. Dig in: A New York state program called Trees for Tribs is behind an effort to plant 30,000 trees along the state’s rivers and streams this year. Statewide coordinator Sarah Walsh says trees and shrubs reduce erosion and stabilize stream banks—preventing …

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