April 8, 2008--US water pipelines are breaking (Washington Post)

Two hours north of New York City, a mile-long stream and a marsh the size of a football field have mysteriously formed along a country road. They are such a marvel that people come from miles around to drink the crystal-clear water, believing it is bubbling up from a hidden natural spring.

April 1, 2008--New rule lets builders 'bank' efforts to restore wetlands (New York Times)

The Bush administration announced requirements on Monday to encourage builders to compensate for destroying wetlands or streams by paying to restore or create wetlands elsewhere. The approach, which emphasizes linking losing and replacing wetlands across broad watersheds, has been contentious since it was proposed two years ago.

March 31, 2008--Big water utilities offered free pharmaceuticals testing (Environmental News Service)

The Waters Corporation, a publicly traded company, is offering complimentary tests for common over-the-counter and anti-depressant pharmaceuticals to any U.S. water authority that serves more than 100,000 customers. The company said this move is in response to recent reports of trace levels of drugs found in U.S.

March 28, 2008--Global warming heats up West faster than rest of U.S. (Denver Post)

The American West is heating up faster than any other region of the United States, and more than the Earth as a whole, according to a new analysis of 50 scientific studies. For the last five years, from 2003-07, the global climate averaged 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than its 20th century average.

March 19, 2008--A river to run through it again (LA Times)

Every evening, a 45-car train rumbles away from the Clark Fork River, loaded not with copper, gold or silver ore, but with the toxic legacy of more than a century of mining: tons of contaminated mud from behind an old dam.

March 11, 2008--No standards to test, treat pharmaceuticals in water (Denver Post)

Just a century ago, this historic city notched by the Delaware and Schuylkill treated these rivers as public sewers, but few cared until the waters ran black with stinking filth that spread cholera and typhoid. Today, municipal drinking water is cleansed of germs — but not drugs.

March 6, 2008--EPA reconsidering mercury emission rules (New York Times)

Responding to a lawsuit by Michigan and eight other states, the Bush administration is reconsidering its policy on mercury emissions from cement plants, which critics say allows too much air pollution. Whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency changes the rules will depend on test results of technology that could reduce the emissions, spokesman Dale Kemery said Thursday.

March 6, 2008--Sewage-based fertilizer safety doubted (Washington Post)

It was a farm idea with a big payoff and supposedly no downside: ridding lakes and rivers of raw sewage and industrial pollution by converting it all into a free, nutrient-rich fertilizer. Then last week, a federal judge ordered the Agriculture Department to compensate a farmer whose land was poisoned by sludge from the waste treatment plant here.

February 26, 2008--Leadville seepage may be killing fish (The Mountain Mail)

Pollution from seeping contaminated water in the mountain east of Leadville may be killing brown trout in the Arkansas River, a Colorado Division of Wildlife official said Monday.

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