Water Quality

July 29, 2014--Controlling water quality in the age of pollution and natural disasters (Phys.org)

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy damaged more than 100 drinking water supply facilities and sewage treatment plants, leaving the state of New York, with an unexpected €2 billion bill to repair them. On the other side of the globe, drinking water even kilometres from the Fukushima power plant in Japan still is, today, a life gamble.

July 27, 2014-- Melrose dairy farmer recognized for his conservation efforts (Dairyland Peach)

It may not be a surprise to discover that the community’s water supply comes from local rivers and streams. What may be a surprise is what kinds of pollutants can be found in the very same watersheds that are used to supply tap water to entire cities of people.

July 27, 2014--In foreclosure-ridden Florida, 'zombie' swimming pools add to mosquito woes (Mother Nature Network)

It’s been well-established that summertime’s most irksome creature, the female mosquito, requires stagnant water to lay her eggs.

July 26, 2014-- How Frustration And Inaction Color EPA's Efforts To Enforce The Clean Water Act (Huffington Post)

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Efforts in Congress to clarify the EPA's powers have been defeated.

July 25, 2014--Can your town ban fracking? Depends on the state (Christian Science Monitor)

A judge struck down a fracking ban in Longmont, Colo. Thursday – a victory for oil and gas companies, and a blow to environmentalists trying to halt fracking at the local level. As more and more cities and towns mull fracking bans, courts are weighing in with decisions that vary widely by state.

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.


Warmer Temperatures Expedite Hybrid Trout Takeover

When two species mate, their offspring end up with new names like ‘pizzly’ (a grizzly and polar bear pairing) or ‘sparred owl’ (for barred owl and spotted owl hybrids). According to a June High Country News article, the more rare species in such couplings face a far worse fate--hybridization can be a path to extinction.


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.


June 23, 2014--Our survival depends on the health of the oceans (Washington Post)

Humanity depends on the oceans, but their worsening state gets little attention. Good for Secretary of State John F. Kerry, then, for trying to elevate the issue last week in an international oceans conference in Washington.


June 19, 2014--Not much love for proposed new water diversions (Summit Voice)

For all the detailed information in the 16,000-page study for Denver Water’s proposed new water diversions from the Western Slope, there are still more questions than answers, according to formal comment letters filed in the past few weeks.


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