Tag Archive: water quality

Dec 28

Fast Facts on Arsenic in Water

A naturally occurring chemical is stirring up trouble in water. Listen up: We all know that water is crucial to survival—but what happens when arsenic gets in the picture? Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical component of many minerals, so it can leach into ground and surface water. The chemical can also enter water supplies …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/arsenic-in-water/

Nov 21

A Salamander Hell-Bent on Clean Water

Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. Bend your ears to this: At more than one-foot long, the Hellbender salamander is the largest in North America. Flat, brown, and wrinkled, it has lived at the bottom of streams and ponds for millions of years. But that legacy is threatened, as hellbender populations shrink  Conservationist …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/marine-debris/a-salamander-hell-bent-on-clean-water/

Oct 20

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/

Oct 19

Dog Waste: More Than Just a Pedestrian Problem

Our canine companions bring us so much joy—until their movements make it to our waters. Plug your nose and listen up: There are roughly 83 million dogs in the U.S., and each one produces a hefty 275 pounds of droppings a year. Quick gross-out moment: It is estimated that almost half of dog owners do …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/dog-waste-and-water/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/small-streams-matter/

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