Collaborative efforts improve water quality in Mississippi River watershed

Collaborative efforts improve water quality in Mississippi River watershed

A recent water quality project at Mississippi Shores in northeast Brainerd featured the restoration of green space to allow for better water drainage. Submitted photo

There are simple things that can be done to keep the waters in Crow Wing County healthy. Projects range from something as simple as filtering rain by planting native grasses and shrubs on the shoreline or making a rain garden to absorb rain, to projects … [more…]

Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

photo: storm drain. Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

Reclaimed storm water may provide a local source of drinking water for parched communities. (MPCA Photos, via Flickr)

UC Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.

Using a mineral-coated sand that reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, the researchers have … [more…]