US Waterways

May
21

Great Lakes-Lake Erie

Today we begin a six-part series on the Great Lakes of North America, starting with Lake Erie. Lake Erie’s name comes from the Erie tribe, a shortened form of the Iroquoian word erielhonan, which means “long tail.”   Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes.  It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore […]

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Surface Water-Lakes: Part 2

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.  ~William Wordsworth   Like last week’s post highlighting Thoreau’s enjoyment of lakes, Wordsworth also recognized the beauty and the deeply personal inspiration a lake can provide. The beauty of any lake affects different people in different ways, much like a lake can be polluted or […]

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Algal Bloom: A Source Water Threat

One of the more colorful and complicated threats to our water supply is algal bloom. When phosphates are introduced into water systems, higher concentrations cause increased growth of algae and plants. Algae tend to grow very quickly under high nutrient availability, but each alga is short-lived, and the result is a high concentration of dead organic […]

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Surface Water-Lakes: Part 1

The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, – so anterior, so superior, to all […]

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Surface Water-US Rivers

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go. ~Blaise Pascal   In last week’s post on rivers and canals, we primarily focused on the commercially navigable rivers and canals in the US, and a few commercial or industrial uses for unnavigable waters.   Fortunately for the United States, rivers […]

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Surface Water-US Rivers and Canals

Today let’s look at two different types of surface waters in the United States. When you think about it, there are many different types of surface water, and many different ways they can be used. For now, let’s focus on rivers and canals.   The United States has more than 250,000 rivers, which translates to […]

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