IAEA Develops New Method to Track Sources of Water Pollution

IAEA Develops New Method to Track Sources of Water Pollution

Photo: Excessive nitrate in lakes, seas and rivers can increase algae growth that can lead to toxic blue-green blooms. The IAEA, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method to trace the origin of nitrate pollution in water. (Photo: L. Wassenaar, IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method for tracing the origin of nitrogen … [more…]

Plan to protect Lake Erie from algae blooms isn’t working, study shows

Plan to protect Lake Erie from algae blooms isn't working, study shows

Farm runoff provides fertilizer that turbo-charges algae growth in the western Lake Erie basin. Wochit (Photo: Brenda Culler, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.)

Miles of green, mucky and potentially toxic algae blooms on western Lake Erie — and the oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lake that come with them — have led Ohio to spend more than $3 billion to combat them since 2011. Michigan has chipped in millions

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Can a Wetland Help a Farm? Ask These Family Farmers

Can a Wetland Help a Farm?

The Mackinaw River on Franklin Demonstration Farm in central Illinois. Photo © Cristina Rutter for The Nature Conservancy

In the heart of the Midwest’s Corn Belt, a family farm is experimenting with ways to keep its nearby rivers clean. On a farm in the heart of Illinois, nearly a decade and a half of experiments are unfolding.

For six generations, the land’s owners, the Franklin family, have farmed their 250 … [more…]