A military veteran’s new mission is to restore a stream and help people heal

A military veteran’s new mission is to restore a stream and help people heal

Jeff Swire, co-founder of Patriots Cove, has turned his private property into a fly-fishing refuge for other veterans and first responders seeking relief and renewed purpose. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)

Patriots Cove has built a community around fly fishing to give veterans, first responders and caregivers a sense of purpose

According to U.S. Army veteran Jeff Swire, the 18-acre, outdoor refuge known as Patriots Cove has already saved … [more…]

Fort Lauderdale’s polluted waterways need help: Here come the oysters

Fort Lauderdale’s polluted waterways need help: Here come the oysters

Photo: Mike Lambrechts — The Broward chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association is providing homes for oysters to filter water in Fort Lauderdale’s sewage-contaminated waterways.

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

A single oyster can cleanse more than 50 gallons of water a day. Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing and … [more…]

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Chicago water pollution may be keeping invasive silver carp out of Great Lakes, study says

Photo: Great Lakes. Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Invasive silver carp have been moving north toward the Great Lakes since their accidental release in the 1970s. The large filter-feeding fish, which are known to jump from the water and wallop anglers, threaten aquatic food webs as well as the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery. But, for the past decade, the invading front hasn’t moved past Kankakee. A new study, led by … [more…]

What is an ‘impaired’ waterway and why are so many in Pennsylvania?

What is an ‘impaired’ waterway and why are there so many of them in Pennsylvania?

Photo: Pennsylvania’s “Category 5” streams include the Juniata and Susquehanna rivers and many creeks, such as the Yellow Breeches in Cumberland County.

More than a third of Pennsylvania’s lakes and a fifth of its streams are impaired, meaning that pollution has (or should have, anyway) hindered their use for drinking water supplies, fishing, recreation or the aquatic life that call the waterways home.

Perhaps the best illustration of the scale … [more…]

Cows for cleaner water

photo: Cows for cleaner water - Minnesota

Minnesota ranchers and recreationalists find common ground with help from Extension RSDP

Sarah Kuschel, her husband, Miles, and their three children raise beef cattle on pasture in southern Cass County. “My family uses this ground, and we live, work and sleep here,” she says.

Kuschel is among many ranchers in an area of central Minnesota where water flows into the Pine River, to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, and then … [more…]