Water Contamination

December 4, 2014--Toledo mayor: US must focus on water quality (Washington Post)

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, called Wednesday for the federal government to devote full attention to improving water quality in America’s lakes and rivers, describing the toxic algae blooms that tainted his city’s water supply this summer as a danger “doomed to be repeated.” Mayor Michael Collins appeared before the Senate Agriculture Comm


November 4, 2014--Inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water (Science Daily)

A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world's most common pollutants: arsenic. Bin Gao's team used iron-enhanced carbon cooked from hickory chips, called biochar, to remove the toxin. He is an associate professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' in agricultural and biological engineering.


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 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


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 27, 2014--EPA to plug polluted mine in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Poisonous metals flow from many abandoned mines near Silverton, but in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to address one that is draining hundreds of gallons of toxins a minute into the watershed.


September 2, 2014--Water stress may curtail fracking, says WRI (BBC News)

Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. In the first report of its kind, the WRI found that 38% of the world's shale resources were in arid areas or in those with severe water stress. Accessing fresh water was likely to present "serious challenges", it said.


August 25, 2014--Study: All kinds of nasty stuff in the water (Summit Voice)

Water quality experts with the U.S. Geological Survey say chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal-care products are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste.


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.