At left: Caney Fork. Photo by Chuck Sutherland.
Specific conductance is a measure of how well water conducts electricity. High conductivity indicates substantial amounts of ions in the water, which can wreak havoc on aquatic ecosystems. Ions could range from chlorides, which come from road deicers, to agricultural phosphates and nitrates, to iron, sulfate, copper, cadmium, arsenic, and others that often come from drainage from mines. Many of these ions can have negative human health effects as well, making it even more important to prevent their flow into our waterways. Cleanup and mitigation practices vary depending on the particular type of ions present. If the specific pollutant is listed, find its page here.
How To Help (And Who Can Help You)1. Limit impervious surfaces.2. Plant a rain garden.3. Allow for natural growth near waterways.4. Plan for a better future.5. Contact your representatives.6. Support your local watershed stewards.7. Spread the word.
Ready To Make A Difference?Pledge to do one or more of these mitigation activities!