Tue, 11/21/2017 - 8:39pm

EPA

Shedding Light on Chemicals

We are exposed to chemicals on a daily basis. Sometimes the exposure is obvious: a cleaning solution, garden fertilizer or even the coating of a non-stick pan in your kitchen. 

But many times those interactions are not so clear: the chemical makeup of the water bottle you drink from, the dye on a shirt or the deodorizer in the bathroom at work. 

Beyond the Bench

Remember that old saying: “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

It’s especially true when you’re talking about the bench in front of the Durham County South Regional Library near Research Triangle Park.

As you can see from the photo, the bench is very much a bench. But it turns out, that particular bench is also part of a project sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test what you could call next-generation air monitoring stations.

Watershed Woes

What’s a watershed anyway?

Watersheds come in many shapes and sizes. That’s because Mother Nature doesn’t recognize city, county, state or national boundaries. It’s the geography and the contours of the land that determine where the water drains.

And that’s the key to understanding the concept of a watershed. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that is above ground and even below ground drains into the same place.

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