Tag Archive: water quality

May 28

Protecting the Fruit of One’s Labor

By putting their property in a land trust, fruit farmers can protect water quality—and in turn, their own crops. Listen up: It’s no coincidence that fruit farms flourish across the Great Lakes. And now, farmers are finding new ways to ensure they continue to do so. “The Lake Michigan fruit belt is a 200-mile stretch …

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May 21

Keyed Up About Clean Water

You may be properly caring for your car—but what about water quality? Listen up as we solve this clean water riddle: What does maintaining your car have to do with ducks in a pond? More than you might think, considering all those suds, chemicals, and oils often go down a storm drain—and end up in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-conservation-2/keyed-up-about-clean-water/

May 20

“I Brake for Clean Water”

DYK that normal vehicle wear and tear harms water resources? Listen up to learn how cars are a driving force behind polluted water—and how you can help: It’s true that a good hard rainstorm makes everything look shiny and clean. But, unfortunately, equally true is that this same rainfall washes chemicals and debris off roads …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/i-brake-for-clean-water/

Mar 28

A tiny green insect does major damage

Tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S have fallen victim to an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. That’s not just a problem for forests. Trees are important for water quality. “The roots help control the nitrates and phosphates, which are some of the pollutants that can enter streams and waterways. They …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/a-tiny-green-insect-does-major-damage/

Feb 12

Microorganisms on medicine

When we take medication, some of it gets excreted in our waste. And from there, it often ends up in water. John Kelly of Loyola University Chicago says common pharmaceuticals can harm benthic microbes – microorganisms that grow in the sediment at the bottom of rivers. “The microbes are at the bottom of the food web …

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