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21 Facts About Bottled Water, The Environment, & Human Health

The plastic water bottle market in the United States is worth billions of dollars annually. Plastic water bottles can be purchased just about everywhere and they are quite convenient, but there are many problems associated with them. In fact, when you become aware of the problems and how many there are, you may never buy […]

March 6th

Drinking Water — Where It Comes From

Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […]

March 6th

West Virginia Water Woes – How You Can Help

The West Virginia water woes continue, with more chemicals being discovered in the already contaminated Elk River.  At least ten thousand gallons of MCHM leaked into the river upstream of Charleston’s drinking supply.  No one knows the safe limit for MCHM, since the EPA grandfathered the chemical in when the Clean Water Act was created. […]

February 3rd

West Virginia Water Woes

West Virginia has had its share of water woes.  The latest came last week from a leaky chemical storage facility when MCHM, a little-studied chemical, contaminated the drinking water supply of Charleston, West Virginia. Initially, residents were told not to drink the water, bathe in it, or wash their clothes or dishes with it.  People […]

January 20th

Nitrate Monitoring in Real Time

Nitrate monitoring in real time along the Mississippi River basin helps determine the size of the annual dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico as well as how well efforts to reduce the dead zone are working. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) uses cutting edge optical sensor technology to measure nitrate levels across the watershed.

September 23rd

Protect Your Groundwater

Protect Your Groundwater Day only happens once a year, but it’s important to understand how we impact groundwater all year long. According to the National Groundwater Association, 99 percent of available freshwater is taken from aquifers. So whatever we put in the groundwater is what we end up drinking and bathing in.

September 11th

Freezing Fukushima

With the radiation still leaking from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant, the owners have come up with a plan to stop radioactive water from making it to the ocean – freezing it.

August 20th

Support for Keystone XL Pipeline Fading

The political support behind the Keystone XL pipeline seems to be fading. Information about the consulting firm that produced the environmental impact statement on the pipeline indicates they were hired by the company building the Keystone XL pipeline. More scrutiny on the environmental effects of the diluted bitumen that will be flowing through the pipeline and a closer look at the number of jobs that won’t be created by the pipeline are further eroding support.

August 12th