Protect a Watershed by Getting Involved

How to protect watersheds Your local watershed is a vital source of clean water for the homes and habitats in your community. And yet it is threatened every day by routine pollution and unchecked water waste. Luckily, each one of us can take action to protect our watersheds, by making minor lifestyle changes and/or getting […]

Watershed Coordinators: Unique Challenges, Common Goals [Part 3]

Picking up from where we left off. . . Although an assortment of people tools allow a watershed coordinator to really make a difference in local environmental health, even the best people tools can only do so much to sustain a healthy watershed into the future. Connections with officials, business leaders, science leaders, and community […]

Watershed Boundaries vs. Sewershed Boundaries

In order to ensure urban health and wellness, the people who plan infrastructure for the future need to base their developments on accurate environmental data. Failure to use reliable information allows planners to overlook the consequences of their actions, possibly resulting in a negative impact on the local environment. Artwork by Cyril Rolando. The boundary […]

Fighting Water Pollution With Fungi

Many people have encountered fungi in the form of mold, or perhaps athlete’s foot. What most of us don’t realize is that fungi can serve as an ideal tool to fight water pollution. There are two different-but-related methods for using fungi in this manner: mycofiltration and mycoremediation. Fungus photographed by JuliaC2006 on Flickr. Mycofiltration refers […]

Carbaryl and its Effects on the Grand River Watershed

The Grand River watershed is a 712 acre area that travels 98 miles into Lake Erie. A watershed is any area where water under that area, or water that drains from that area, goes to the same place. They can cross any county, state or national boundary. For those of you who live in Lake […]

Beavers And Their Effect On A Watershed

A Beavers Habitat Related Articles: River Dammings, Otters, Beavers and Habitat Loss The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) has had an uneven history. The species once thrived throughout much of the United States and Canada. However, as European colonists started to spread farther and farther west, the animal’s thick, waterproof fur made it a target. […]

Five Practical Ways To Reduce Watershed Pollution

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 44% of stream miles, 64% of lake acres and 30% of bay square miles are not suitable for fishing or swimming, due to pollution. If steps are not taken to preserve these valuable watersheds, access to clean water will continue to diminish. Photograph by […]