Lisa Hollingsworth-Segety, director of river restoration for American Rivers, has been involved in the removal of more than 75 obsolete dams in Pennsylvania, where she's based. (Credit: Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front)

‘Unbuilding’: What might happen if dams are removed in the Ohio River watershed

There are efforts to remove many of the thousands of dams in the Ohio River watershed—but not everyone is ready for it.

The Ohio River watershed is dotted with thousands of small dams.

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Nurdle Patrol participant Sam Sugarek shows off a nurdle found along the beaches of Texas. (Credit: Jace Tunnell)

Ever hear of a nurdle? This new form of pollution could be coming to the Ohio River

When the petrochemical plant being built by Shell Chemical Appalachia in Beaver County is complete, it's anticipated to bring 600 jobs as well as spinoff industries. But some researchers and activists warn that it could also bring a new type of pollution to the Ohio River Valley — nurdles.

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Ryan Smith and Hallie Taylor own the Marietta Adventure Company. (Credit: Julie Grant/TheAllegheny Front)

One Ohio River town that’s using outdoor recreation to boost its economy

Every September, tourists flock to historic Marietta, along the banks of the Ohio River, for a celebration that harkens back to the Ohio Valley's early days.

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Can a town prove that its health problems are caused by pollution?

Can A Town Prove That Its Health Problems are Caused by Pollution?

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Will this land still be your land?

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Lake Erie hackers compete to find creative solutions to water problems.

LAKE ERIE HACKERS COMPETE TO FIND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO WATER PROBLEMS

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What’s the best way to protect people from lead-tainted drinking water?

What’s the Best Way to Protect People from Lead-Tainted Drinking Water?

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