Clean Water Corner

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    A Forgotten River

    02/07/2018
    Rivers were a source of water, habitat, and transportation during the country’s beginnings, but expanding populations and land use decisions caused harmed. But that was in the past, and times are beginning to change. Full story
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    The Power of Partnerships

    01/24/2018
    The Clean Water Challenge is more than a single event – it is a campaign to connect with community partners, cultivate new relationships, and strengthen our national network of community scientists and advocates. Full story
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    Fishing and Clean Water: What We Can Learn From Our Founding Ikes

    01/24/2018
    Our waters may not be as pristine as they once were, but the fish are always biting. Who do I have to thank for these bountiful fish populations? Well, in part I owe thanks to our founding Ikes. Full story
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    Tracking Salt Levels in Our Streams

    01/10/2018
    Something most people probably aren’t thinking about during these deep freezes is the threats posed to water quality and stream health. Every stream or river located near a roadway is at risk for chloride concentration increases due to road salts. Full story
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    Updates on Winter Stream Stewardship Projects

    12/27/2017
    Stream stewardship does not stop with cold weather! There are many ways you can monitor water health and help your community, including Winter Salt Watch and Stream Selfies! Full story
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    Diving in with Winter Monitoring

    12/20/2017
    My very first volunteer stream monitoring experience was in the peak of winter with a group of extremely dedicated volunteers. How bad could it be? Famous last question! Full story
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    What Happens to Stream Life When the Temperatures Drop?

    12/13/2017
    Most aquatic macroinvertebrates (which are indicators of stream health) live in your local streams throughout the winter. How do they stay alive? Full story
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    Alternatives to Road Salts for Safe Winter Driving

    12/06/2017
    We haven’t found the perfect solution for reducing snow and ice on roadways while also protecting natural resources. However, several techniques reduce impacts on the environment and reuse materials that would otherwise go into landfills and water treatment plants. Full story
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    Dirt Doesn’t Hurt: Why Children Need Outdoor Exploration

    11/08/2017
    Stream monitoring is the perfect way to introduce children to outdoor exploration and environmental stewardship. And playing in a stream can exposure them to microbes or "germs" that can be vital to strengthening immune systems. Full story
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    Road Salt and Stream Health

    11/01/2017
    You many think stream monitoring is not needed during winter months, but that's a myth! Each season presents specific threats to stream health. One such threat is road salt. Full story