Water Quality

October 24, 2014--Recycled water for irrigation—is it safe? (Water Online)

Do crops grown with recycled water lace our produce with drugs? "Irrigating crops with recycled water can leave dinner salads laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals. But researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people," Science News reported.


October 24, 2014--Ontario has 'record-breaking' level of drugs in water (Water Online)

Contamination of drinking water by pharmaceuticals is a growing concern in Canada. Health Canada, the nation's public health department, recently funded a study on this issue. It found "record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario," CBC News reported.


October 19, 2014--City’s smelly situation (Durango Herald)

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council.In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be completed by December 2017 to meet state regulations for higher water quality.Currently, the plant is releasing more nitrogen and phosphorous into the Animas River than the new regulations allow.If the


October 17, 2014--The deadliest contaminant: Solving the brain-eating amoeba (Water Online)

As Halloween approaches and our TV screens fill with frights of all kinds, water managers have a real-life monster to worry about — a parasite (Naegleria fowleri) that’s been dubbed the “brain-eating amoeba.” The scary-sounding name is hardly unfounded considering the role of N.


Water Quality Impacts on Human Health

A new analysis of 56 studies shows that increasingly, global temperatures and severe weather events will continue to have a major impact on global health.

Water Quality to Improve on the Animas River

According to a Durango Herald article, in 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to plug the abandoned Red Bonita mine near Silverton in an effort to help reduce the flow of heavy metals draining into Cement Creek, which ultimately flows into the Animas River.

October 1, 2014--Lower IQ in children linked to chemical in water (Scientific American)

Babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life, according to a new study. The research is the first to link pregnant women's perchlorate levels to their babies’ brain development.


September 25, 2014--World stands by as algae and dead zones ruin water (Circle of Blue)

Decades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have produced more scientific knowledge but achieved few results to solve two of the most dangerous threats to the world’s oceans and fresh water reserves.


September 3, 2014--Research will examine climate, environmental impacts on water supplies (Farm Futures)

The National Science Foundation and the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture last week announced 26 awards totaling $25 million in the joint Water Sustainability and Climate program to fund research on water's link to climate change, land use and ecosystems.


August 28, 2014--New report covers wildfire impacts on water supplies, potentials for mitigation (Water World)

Throughout the last several years, there has been an increase in the frequency of severe wildfires across North America, ultimately raising concerns about the impacts on local natural resources such as water.


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