Water

Trump’s Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun

It hasn’t taken long for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to dismantle regulations ― even when they protect the safety of America’s drinking water supply… Last week, Trump signed a resolution that voided the Stream Protection Rule, a Department of the Interior regulation finalized during the Obama administration… The rule […]

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Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity. But the Mariana Trench is polluted… At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush […]

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Massive Rescue Mission Underway After Hundreds Of Whales Found Beached In New Zealand

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the northern tip of New Zealand’s Golden Bay early Friday morning after a government conservation worker discovered at least 416 pilot whales washed up on Farewell Spit beach ― one of the country’s largest whale strandings on record… A team of more than 500 people managed to re-float up to […]

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Flint Residents Sue EPA, Alleging Negligence In Drinking Water Crisis

More than 1,700 residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a class action lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, accusing officials of “negligent” mismanagement of the city’s drinking water crisis… The suit, accusing the EPA of a critical failure to supervise local officials who allowed extraordinarily high levels of toxic lead to leach into the city’s drinking water, […]

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Republicans Prepare To Overturn Rule Protecting Waterways From Mining

House Republicans voted to overturn a regulation meant to protect U.S. waterways from coal mining operations on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate, where GOP leaders are expected to quickly follow suit… Earlier this week, lawmakers in both houses announced bills to block the stream protection rule, an update to regulations that […]

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Health Officials Confirm Wastewater Contamination In Suwannee, Withlacoochee Rivers

LIVE OAK — A health advisory already in effect for the Withlacoochee River was extended Thursday to include the Suwannee River… The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton, Madison and Suwannee issued the joint health advisory Thursday that the river waters are not safe for contact during recreational use. Test results from water samples taken in […]

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New Mercury Threat To Oceans From Climate Change

They’ve (Swedish researchers) discovered a new way in which warming increases levels of the toxin in sea creatures… In experiments, they found that extra rainfall drives up the amount of organic material flowing into the seas… This alters the food chain, adding another layer of complex organisms which boosts the concentrations of mercury up the […]

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Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Dying

Japan’s largest coral reef is under severe stress, according to a recent survey conducted by the country’s Environment Ministry. More than 90 percent of the corals in Sekiseishoko reef, located in the Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa, were discovered to be at least partially bleached when surveyed in November and December. About 70 percent of the […]

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300 Plumbers Poured Into Flint, Michigan, To Install Water Filters For Free

Everyone wants to see the city of Flint swim rather than sink — including plumbers… More than 300 union plumbers from all over Michigan flooded Flint to install free filters for residents, this past weekend… According to ABC12, not all the faucets in Flint can fit a filter, which each resident of the city desperately […]

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SJRWMD’s failure to protect Silver Springs and the Silver River

Evidence indicates that the St. Johns River Water Management District has failed to establish Minimum Flows and Levels for Silver Springs and the Silver River for 16 years since it was added on the SJRWMD priority list, and 45 years since the state first mandated that MFLs be established for priority water bodies in 1972… And, […]

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U.S. To Pay Billions To Marines Affected By Toxic Water

WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits to military veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to an official notice published on Thursday… Veterans, former reservists and former National Guard members who served for at least 30 days at the U.S. […]

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A Year After Obama Declared An Emergency In Flint, Crisis Persists

One year after President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan, over the lead poisoning crisis, experts say the city’s water system has significantly improved ― but residents still can’t drink the water from their taps, and there’s no clear end in sight… On Wednesday, researchers and public officials hosted a town hall meeting […]

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Radioactive Plume From Fukushima Makes Landfall on America’s West Coast

Tillamook County, Oregon — Seaborne cesium 134, the so-called “fingerprint of Fukushima,” has been detected on US shores for the first time researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said this month. WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project, that has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to […]

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4 Million Americans Could Unknowingly Be Drinking Toxic Water

If you’re looking for the location of the “next Flint” water crisis, you might want to head to the countryside… That’s because small, rural and often poor communities are often served by utilities that either skip required tests for lead contamination in their water or are simply not equipped to properly carry out such testing… […]

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Great Barrier Reef Experiences Its Worst Coral Die-Off

The Great Barrier Reef suffered its worst coral die-off this year, researchers in Australia announced Monday…  The northern region of the reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, lost an average 67 percent of its shallow-water corals in the last eight to nine months, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for […]

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Woman’s Arm May Be Amputated After Injury At Standing Rock Protests

A woman may need to have her arm amputated because she was so badly injured during demonstrations against the Dakota Access pipeline… Journalist Ryan Vizzions posted graphic photos of 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky’s injuries on Facebook Monday, showing her blood and exposed broken bones. He wrote that a “concussion grenade” hit Wilansky on Sunday night, when […]

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The Suwannee River Is In Danger

A leak in the shaft for a natural gas pipeline beneath a Georgia river has reinforced environmental worries at Florida’s Suwannee River and other waterways in the pipeline’s path… The leak into the Withlacoochee River near Valdosta, Ga. underscored earlier concerns about twin hazards from the Sabal Trail pipeline: that pipeline shafts could leak contaminants […]

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John Moran: Will this be Florida’s watershed moment?

We Floridians are a curious lot. We tend to change our behavior only in times of crisis, and we tend to elect politicians whose brains are wired to perceive a chance encounter with a mosquito carrying the Zika virus as a greater threat than the colossal disruption posed by the collapse of our waters.We are […]

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Oil Train Derails, Spilling Crude In Columbia River Gorge

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Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
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