The Uninvited

| Stormwater ponds in Ontario have some unexpected, and unwanted, guests: goldfish. Thousands and thousands of them. And they’re stirring up trouble—or at least sediment. The goldfish are a species of carp, native to Asia and considered invasive in North America. Unlike other species of Asian carp that threaten the Great Lakes, which originally escaped from ... READ MORE

Spies With Feathers

| Among the many surface water concerns that stormwater managers need to be aware of, particularly in coastal areas, is the health of fisheries. Temperature, water quality, debris, erosion, ocean acidification—all of these affect them, and all can be connected back, in some way, to stormwater management. One thing a bit outside our purview is the ... READ MORE

Unzipped

| What if one morning the news contained, rather than more problems for you to contemplate, the solution to a longstanding dilemma? Thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere, we might have at least the beginning of an answer to the plastics problem. All the editors here at Forester Media have dealt at ... READ MORE

Boxed In

| Passing through an airport a few weeks ago, and having just had a water bottle confiscated at the security checkpoint (yes, I’m sorry to say I was one of those people who forgot all about the bottle in my carry-on and got pulled out of line), I stopped at a little coffee kiosk along the ... READ MORE

A New Direction and a New Event

| Thanks to all of you who joined us last week at StormCon in Denver. Next year we’re heading east: StormCon 2019 will take place in Atlanta, GA, August 18–22, 2019. You can see more information—and the call for speakers coming soon—at www.stormcon.com. Before that, though, we have another event we’re eager to announce especially for ... READ MORE

A New Breakdown

| Just when you thought the news about plastics couldn’t get worse, another study comes along to show that it already has. Here at Forester, we’ve published a number of posts about the problems with plastic; here’s a recent one from MSW Management editor Arturo Santiago about the growing movement to ban single-use plastic items like ... READ MORE

Protecting a Town from Storm Surge

| Nestled in the Sandy Hook Bay, the community of Port Monmouth, NJ, has experienced flooding, blizzards, and major storms that have swept through the area throughout the years. ... READ MORE

Killing Turtles

| We know the problems algae blooms can cause for humans—from unpleasantly slimy beaches to interruptions in the water supply to occasional respiratory problems in people who are exposed—and Florida seems to get more than its share each summer. Two years ago, thick algae on the state’s Atlantic coast led four counties to declare a state ... READ MORE

Street Sweeping—Cleaner Air, Clearer Water

| Plaquemine, LA, is located about 18 miles west of Baton Rouge. The city has a population of about 8,000. Plaquemine’s director of Public Works, Richard Alleman, directs the city’s street sweeping operation. ... READ MORE

Meatless Monday—and Every Day—at the Office

| Two weeks ago, I wrote about efforts to cultivate algae as a food source. Proponents of algae-based nutrition point out that 70% of the world’s freshwater use goes into raising crops and livestock. We’ve also touched on the issue here, comparing how much water various types of food—especially meats—take to produce. A pound of chicken, ... READ MORE

Adopt-a-Goat

| What’s red and blue and devours almost anything? An inexpensive, low-tech device is being deployed throughout Florida and other southeastern states to capture trash in the waterways. Distributed by the nonprofit organization Bigwater Foundation, the floatable device consists of a chain of buoyant plastic balls and a net. It’s called a Watergoat—because goats eat anything—and ... READ MORE

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