"'Rivers On Rolaids': How Acid Rain Is Changing Waterways"

"Something peculiar is happening to rivers and streams in large parts of the United States — the water's chemistry is changing. Scientists have found dozens of waterways that are becoming more alkaline. Alkaline is the opposite of acidic — think baking soda or Rolaids."

"Research published in the current issue of Environmental Science and Technology shows this trend to be surprisingly widespread, with possibly harmful consequences.

What's especially odd about the finding is its cause: It seems that acid rain actually has been causing waterways to grow more alkaline."

Christopher Joyce reports for NPR's Morning Edition September 13, 2013.

Source: NPR, 09/13/2013