Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Re: We Killed the Pacific Ocean
Stormwater runoff is the #1 problem for all developed countries
I bike past of bit of this remediation every day. St. Paul has channeled all the surface runoff from a large industrial and commercial area to artificial marshes surrounding some bike trails. It's good habitat for ducks and rabbits and other small critters. I've seen deer, coyote, raccoons, and even a couple opossums (who did not used to live this far north, but we're getting warmer).
Anyway, the point is that all that nasty surface runoff now gets filtered and processed and recharges aquifers, instead of dumping directly into the Mississippi and eventually contributing to the dead zone in the Gulf.
With a combination of private and public action we can make things better. There was a time in this country when rivers routinely started on fire, we're at least better than that.
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