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 […]
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Researchers have found indications that hydraulic fracturing fluid is killing livestock and causing loss of fertility and miscarriages.
Ladies and gentlemen- your drinking water is contaminated, yes, and it’s also safe to drink. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) just published a report on the state of drinking water wells and aquifer systems in California, Nebraska, Connecticut and Florida. Overall, they found that some wells were contaminated but not contaminated enough to be […]
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been scaring the public and health community due to its resistance to antibiotics and how it is easily spread in communities and health care facilities.Â According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), MRSA is spreading: The estimated number of people developing a serious MRSA infection (i.e., invasive) in 2005 […]
A new study from researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) demonstrates that microalgae can be used as effective sentinels to detect contaminants in water supplies. The research, funded in part by the Department of Energyâ€™s Office of Biological and Environmental Research, uses a flourometer that measures the flourescence signal of algae that grow […]
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.Â The Hudson River was contaminated by two General Electric (GE) capacitor production plants.Â From 1947-1977, “between 209,000 and 1.3 […]
Imagine if someone came into your neighborhood, blew up a few buildings, took what they wanted and dumped the toxic debris into your drinking water. What would you do?