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Michigan rivers polluted by human, animal waste more than double previous estimates

Michigan rivers polluted by human, animal waste more than double previous estimatesOver 7,000 miles of rivers in the state are documented with high levels of pathogens. More ominous: Most rivers have yet to be tested for fecal matter. “The more you look, the more you find.”

By |February 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

By |February 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens to All the Salt We Dump On the Roads?

What Happens to All the Salt We Dump On the Roads?In the U.S., road crews scatter about 137 pounds of salt per person annually to melt ice. Where does it go after that?

By |February 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.

John Muir

By |January 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Connection Found Between Nitrogen Levels in Water and Toxic Algae Production

Connection Found Between Nitrogen Levels in Water and Toxic Algae ProductionA great article written by Marie Zhuikov on the link between Nitrogen levels and the toxic Blue Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) blooms on Lake Mendota in Wisconsin.

By |January 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saving Water

Saving Water
According to the Huron River Watershed Council, more than 13% of our electrical energy goes to heat, treat and pump water supplies, and the annual carbon emissions related to our use of water is estimated at 290 million metric tons.  Without a doubt this is a hidden cost to using water that is […]

By |January 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

300,000 West Virginians told not to drink or bathe in water after chemical leak

300,000 West Virginians told not to drink or bathe in water after chemical leak
Nearly 200,000 people in West Virginia awoke Friday to warnings about their tap water: Don’t drink it. Don’t cook with it. Don’t even brush your teeth.

Interesting article on the recent spill in West Virginia of  4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River.  Testing […]

By |January 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Explore the Rouge: Maybury State Park by Snowshoe

Join Friends of the Rouge board member, Sue Thompson, on a trail through the park.  If there is no snow,  hiking will take place.  Meet at signpost 1, near the restroom pavilion off the parking lot..
FREE for FOTR members, $5 for non-members (Not a member? Join here.) 
Registration preferred.
Saturday January 18th, 2014 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PMMaybury State Park, 8 […]

By |January 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Salt can be harmful for the environment, as salts kill plants, ruin soils and is toxic to many species within stream ecosystems.
Sand is often used in place of salt but must be used sparingly as sand clogs storm drains, and destroy the habitat in streams through the increase of sedimentation in the waterways.
There are […]

By |January 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Winter Stone Fly Search – Huron River Watershed Council

Join a small team of volunteers and travel to a stream or stretch of the River. You’ll be in the field for a couple hours helping  experienced researchers collect stoneflies, figure out what makes stream healthy or unhealthy, and understand how river ecology works.
Children are welcome to attend but each one must be attended […]

By |December 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments