Water Contamination

August 5, 2014--It’s not just Ohio—poisonous algae blooms now plague 20 US states (ABC 6)

The source of northern Ohio’s water the scarcity comes from further north: the green slick covering Lake Erie. It may look no more pernicious than a wheat-grass smoothie, but this bloom of green-blue algae, or cyanobacteria, is toxic enough that it can damage humans livers and other organs (pdf, p.9) and sometimes kill pets.


August 2, 2014--Toledo can’t drink its water--there’s an economics lesson there (Washington Post)

Politicians in Toledo, Ohio, love to fight about what should be built in their city and where. Nine years ago, in the midst of a mayoral campaign, the big fight was over whether to build a Costco in a dying shopping center at the edge of a leafy university neighborhood. The store eventually was built; Saturday morning, lines of shoppers stretched through it.


July 20, 2014--U.S. water quality: No day at the beach (Denver Post)

What do you pack for a day at the shore? How about a hepatitis shot, antibiotic ointment, and a vomit bucket? A study conducted by the environmental organization NRDS found that as many as 10 percent of U.S.


June 23, 2014--849,610 pounds of toxic chemicals released into Colorado waterways (Denver Post)

Industrial polluters released 849,610 pounds of toxic chemicals into Colorado waterways in 2012, according to a report drawn from federal data. The most prevalent chemical — nitrates — causes algae growth that leads to dead zones in rivers and streams.


May 26, 2014--Water concerns could limit US oil, gas development, speakers say (Oil & Gas Journal)

The oil and gas industry needs to respond more effectively to public concerns about safe water supplies if it expects to realize US unconventional resources’ full potential, speakers at Deloitte LLP’s 2014 Washington Energy Conference warned.


May 20, 2014--Two-headed trout and a wrong-headed EPA proposal (Huff Post)

Two years ago, pollution from mining in Idaho was so severe that trout from the polluted streams were spawning mutated trout, including two-headed trout.


May 1, 2014--Bond for a Silverton mine seized (Durango Herald)

A troubled Mancos gold-mining company was dealt another blow Wednesday, losing the bond for a mine it owns near Silverton. Red Arrow Gold Corp. already has been sanctioned for building an illegal mercury mill just outside the Mancos city limits.


April 8, 2014--San Juan Watershed Group study identifies human waste as likely contaminant in Animas, San Juan, La Plata rivers (Four Corners News)

Preliminary results from an environmental study indicate septic waste may be seeping from sewage systems or being illegally dumped into the Animas and San Juan rivers. "It is startling. It is unexpected," said David Tomko, San Juan Watershed Group coordinator. "But let's see if there's another explanation." The environmental group — an offshoot of the U.S.


February 19, 2014--Health experts warn of water contamination from California drought (Reuters)

California's drought has put 10 communities at acute risk of running out of drinking water in 60 days, and worsened numerous other health and safety problems, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said on Tuesday.


February 8, 2014--Don’t blame frackers for American water shortages (Oman Observer)

For 25 years, US specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict. But the real water wars are brewing at home, where farmers, environmentalists and the oil and gas industry are falling out over water supplies in the drought-stricken Southwest.


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