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September 29, 2010

Antelope Creek getting green

by Deena Winter

The news about Antelope Creek being contaminated was interesting to me, since I’d just recently ridden bike through the Antelope Valley Project and was surprised at how green the creek is getting.
Algae is blooming in nooks and crannies, particularly around the future Union Plaza. Ed Kouma, who works in watershed management for the city, said a certain amount of green algae is normal but the city gets very concerned about areas where there is excessive algae.
Lincolnites can do their part to help keep the creek healthy by using no or no-phosphorus fertilizer, rain gardens and rain barrels to prevent too many nutrients from getting into streams.
I was also dismayed to see a lot of litter along the banks, particularly near the UNL campus. I thought we stopped using ditches as trash receptacles in the 70s…

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