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2009 Stockholm Water Prize Awarded to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

The 2009 Stockholm Water Prize, the water world’s equivalent of the Nobel, was awarded to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India and whose work is known worldwide for advancement and focus in the areas of public health, social progress and human rights. He has done extensive work since founding […]

August 27th

Superfund Hudson River Dredging Resumes After Dangerous PCB Levels Detected Downstream

200 miles of the Hudson River were classified as a Superfund site in 1984. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) established the Superfund program to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.  The Hudson River was contaminated by two General Electric (GE) capacitor production plants.  From 1947-1977, “between 209,000 and 1.3 […]

August 13th

Pollution Closes Record Number of US Beaches in 2008

The best way to escape the summer heat is to head to the beach; however, you may be putting your health at risk by swimming in polluted waters.  A record number of public beach closures prompted by water pollution occurred last year.  According to a Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) report of US beaches, “pollution […]

August 3rd

Air Force to Use Dummy Bombs to Fight Groundwater Pollution

The Utah Test & Training Range (UTTR) on Hill Air Force Base (AFB) is a Superfund site, meaning abandoned hazardous waste exists requiring federal authority to clean it up.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are ten areas containing hazardous waste materials at Hill AFB.  “In addition, Hill AFB deposited heavy metals and […]

June 8th

Cigarette Butts Kill Fish According to New Study

One of the most common forms of litter are cigarette butts.  Once these butts enter waterways, they become toxic to fish.  According to a new study by San Diego Sate University (SDSU), filter-tipped cigarette butts are deadly to marine and freshwater fish.  In fact, researchers would like to have the butts classified as hazardous waste.

June 3rd

Plant a Rain Garden to Fight Water Pollution from Urban Runoff

During heavy rainfall, the runoff that is not absorbed into the ground washes pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc. into storm drains. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 77 of 127 key pollutants have been detected in urban storm runoff. What can you do to […]

April 24th

20% of Private Domestic Wells in U.S. Contaminated

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that over 20% of the private wells sampled contained at least one contaminant at levels of concern for potential health issues. Most of the contaminants came from natural geological sources in the aquifers, such as radon and arsenic, but some were from human sources, including […]

April 2nd

Sea Sponge May Provide Alternative to Antibiotics

Advocates for rainforest conservation often cite how these forests are “nature’s medicine cabinet“. With only one percent of the world’s tropical plants tested for their medicinal properties and 120 prescription drugs originating in rainforest plants already, the cure to many illnesses may be contained in these tropical forests. What about our oceans? Could they also […]

March 6th