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Apr 14

The wisdom in the adage ‘everything in moderation’

If you walk alongside a river, you might notice long strands of algae called Cladophora. Marc Peipoch of the Stroud Water Research Center says this type of algae plays an important role in streams. “Other small algae can take use of it and grow on top of the Cladophora or some insects will have some …

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Feb 27

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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Oct 18

Small Streams: The Heart and Soul of Waterways

When it comes to water quality, size is definitely not everything. Listen up for the big impact of small streams: They may be little enough to hop, skip, and jump across, but even the smallest streams lead to healthier waterways. In fact, small streams are “the heart and soul” of the whole system, according to …

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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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Jan 31

Salty Roads, Salty Rivers

We’re getting a bit salty in this episode… listen up! Salt helps keep winter roads safe. But when snow melts, the salt runs off pavement and can end up in waterways. John Jackson is with the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania. In the lab, he’s studied the toxicity of salt on mayflies – a …

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