The Untold Story of Iowa’s Ag Drainage Systems

The Untold Story of Iowa’s Ag Drainage Systems

If there were a “Mysteries at the Museum” television series geared towards agriculture, this item would be ideal to lead in a segment. It’s hollow, it’s made of clay, it contains a message from the past, and it was buried in the ground for decades.

It’s a unique clay drainage tile dated 1885, and it’s on display in the Greene County Historical Society’s museum in Jefferson. The message carved around … [more…]

The Watershed Game challenges, informs decision-makers

photo: The Watershed Game

Photo: Angie Hong, East Metro Water Resources Education Program, facilitates the Watershed Game aboard a St. Croix riverboat.

When Angie Hong is reaching out with water education in Washington County, it doesn’t matter if she’s talking to people who are conservative- or liberal-minded. “Everybody cares about water,” says Hong, who is with the East Metro Water Resources Education Program.

Hong would know. She has spent the last 12 years teaching … [more…]

Building Roots for a More Water Secure California

photo: showing the difference between healthy soil and barren soil.

Photo: NRCS Scientists Holding Up Two Soil Samples. US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service

The recently released National Climate Assessment discussed the impacts of climate change on our nation’s water supply and agricultural productivity. The levels of uncertainty regarding the future of our water supply are troubling. Changes in precipitation patterns will intensify droughts and increase heavy downpours. Hotter, more extreme weather will disrupt how well and how … [more…]

El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

photo: Rio Grande river. El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

Video: Sanjay Gupta assesses climate change impact 04:20 (CNN)

The people of El Paso, Texas, are resilient. Living in the middle of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, the city has no other choice. On average, 15 days every year spike over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The city gets little relief with annual rainfall of just about 9 inches.

It’s one of the hottest cities in the country. One of its prime sources … [more…]

Human Medicine Loading River Creatures With Dozens of Drugs

photo: spider and web near water supply. Human Medicine Use Loading Up River Creatures With Dozens of Different Drugs

Spiders, such as the one pictured here, are found in riparian environments all over the world. They build their webs over streams and catch aquatic insects as they emerge from the water. Pharmaceuticals in the insects spread to the spiders and other organisms on land. Photo: Stephen Hamilton

Medicines do an excellent job of increasing the quality of life for humans around the world, but the drugs don’t stay with

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