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 […]
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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.
The affluent village of Winnetka, outside Chicago, needs a new storm water drainage system. Parts of the village are flooded regularly. The high price tag has some residents complaining.
Think globally, act locally. That environmental slogan popular in the eighties is still just as relevant as this author’s visit to Alaska really shows.
There are many discernable brands that have been found in the North Pacific Gyre over the years and here are some of the most plentiful.
The oceans make up about 70% of the Earth and support all life on the planet. There are so many issues of concern with the oceans today – overfishing, pollution, sea level rise – it’s hard to keep it all straight. This infographic packages all that into bite-size pieces.
In 1972, the EPA sent freelance photographers out across the nation to document the state of the environment. The EPA was only a year old at the time and hadn’t had much of a chance to change things. Some of these photos show stunningly beautiful wilderness, but some serve as a stark reminder of why we have anti-pollution regulations.
When plastic and toxic chemicals make their way into the water, they don’t stay put. All the more reason to do what we can to stop water pollution now!
Robert Glennon is the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It. I’m sure the whole book is a good read, but for a snapshot of some of the biggest water issues we face today, here are some of Glennon’s thoughts supplemented with a little additional research of my own.
It’s hard to believe a famous city like Malibu, California would still have polluting septic systems. With 21-miles of coastline, Malibu is a favorite spot for surfers and water enthusiasts. The Malibu Surfing Association has led the way in getting the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to “prohibit the release of pollutants and […]
Nothing makes a city/suburb look like a concrete jungle more than acres and acres of asphalt parking lots. Not only are parking lots an eyesore, they also are a source of water pollution due to urban runoff containing oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]
The Chesapeake Bay has long been plagued by pollution, and in fact a large portion has been declared a “marine dead zone“.Â This largest estuary in the United States is fed by 11 large rivers that contain run-off, which deplete the water of oxygen and are responsible for large algal blooms.Â The York River, which […]