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Citizen Science Water Monitoring Program Empowers the Public

For many people in America, the water crisis in Flint appears to be over. However, people are still struggling with water quality in Flint, and across the country. Aging infrastructure continues to put various populations at risk, and new reports of poor water quality and violative “hot spots” bring home the point that we've got a long way to go before all Americans have safe drinking water to access all of the time. Lessons from the field Virginia Tech’s Flint Water Study Team played an important role in bringing the various dangers and missteps in Flint to light.

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Lake Erie Walleye Spotted in Force on Underwater Camera

This year in Lake Erie's Presque Isle Bay, a group of stalwart fishermen with an underwater camera were rewarded with an unexpected view: plenty of walleye swimming around. They caught more than a dozen of the good-sized fish and watched their neighbors catch them, too. More keeper-sized fish are in the lake and Presque Isle Bay this year, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has taken notice. Chuck Murray, the Commission's Lake Erie biologist, explained the current walleye monitoring situation to EM. Monitoring walleye Murray has been monitoring the walleye (and other fishes) in Lake Erie for more than 20 years. The resident walleye remain in the lake all year long, and these larger fish are sometimes closer to shore.

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NWQI Targets Conservation Efforts in Small Watersheds

We all rely upon a steady supply of clean water. In some communities, that water supply is more closely tied to agriculture than others. For agricultural communities with small watersheds, every decision made by each user has a major impact on water wells, the surrounding landscape, and on nutrient levels in waterways even far away. Today, many local farmers are working to implement conservation practices to improve and protect water quality. The USDA ’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working to help them do that through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) . Collaborating in communities Issues that negatively affect water quality can also make farming more difficult day-to-day.

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