It’s Not A Painting – It’s A Picture Of A Polluted Lake In China.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.That floating stuff may look like paint but it’s lake algae that has bloomed from chemical fertilizer pollution. The Chinese government is spending $77 million to restore the lake.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.

Do you think this doesn’t happen in the US? Think again…

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter (2010)

We’re doing some painting of our own. [RocketNews 24]

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Effectiveness Of Pollutant Removing, Runoff Mitigating Rain Gardens.

Rain garden in SeattleRain gardens are a big deal in the Pacific Northwest. In areas with combined storm and sanitary sewers, rain gardens have been installed to slow down runoff during heavy rains in order to prevent sewage overflows. A nice bonus of a rain garden is its ability to filter out pollutants (driveway oil, lawn chemicals, heavy metals etc.) from residential runoff before it reaches a sewage treatment plant and ultimately, a waterway.

So what happens to the pollutants captured by rain gardens? Do they become toxic over time? The results are surprising.

If you get a chance, check out “Are Rain Gardens Mini Toxic Cleanup Sites?” by Lisa Stiffler. I refuse to TMZ’up Ms. Stiffler’s article. [Sightline]

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