Tag Archive: streams

Jul 07

Senior Citizens Become Citizen Scientists

Superhero Seniors spring into action to save the environment: In Pennsylvania, a volunteer group called The Senior Environmental Corps is helping protect and monitor water resources. “They actually have a vision of what was and what could be. They have so much experience that they can share,” says Melinda Hughes. Melinda Hughes is president and …

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Jun 09

Rock Snot: ItsNot a Joke (See What We Did There?)

Turns out, noses aren’t the only things that get snotty: Phlegm-like algae grosses out stream beds, too. Listen up: “Rock snot,” aka didymosphenia geminate, is an algae that most anyone can identify, thanks to its snot-like appearance. Although it’s not toxic, fast-growing rock snot can overgrow native algae that insects and fishes in the stream …

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May 23

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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May 16

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 01

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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