The oceans are changing faster today and in more ways than at any time in human history. We are the cause. Which is why I welcome the launch of the Global Ocean Commission, dedicated to ending the neglect, in international affairs, of the high seas. These seas lie far beyond the horizon – 200 nautical miles offshore to be precise – and begin where sovereign national waters give way to the global ... read more >>
Floridas magnificent rivers are getting sicker overall, says the Sentinels Down By the Rivers investigation. - OrlandoSentinel.com
Florida's rivers are in trouble.
That's what the Orlando Sentinel found after a yearlong evaluation of some of the state's biggest and smallest, most urban and remote, cleanest and dirtiest, protected and abused rivers.
Of the 22 rivers studied, from Miami to Pensacola, nearly half are in decline because of pollution from lawns, street runoff, wastewater and agriculture, and because of shri ... read more >>
A provision in state water quality rules supported by industry and utility groups may require the Legislature to take up the rules again this year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said this week. Environmental groups have been battling utilities and industry groups for the past three years over rules to establish strict limits on nitrogen and phosphorus in Florida waterways. Th ... read more >>
Colombia is an area of special interest for me and a unique situation because it is home to some very large and well-developed cities but has areas where indigenous people still live. This article discusses some water sanitation issues faced by this country. ... read more >>
In hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, large volumes of water, sand and chemicals are shot thousands of feet underground to crack open shale rock and extract its embedded natural gas. The potential contamination of drinking water by this mix and its flowback is among the most controversial aspects of the natural gas production process.
Environmental groups are cautiously optimistic about Hallib ... read more >>
A war of words has broken out between environmentalists and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection over the cancellation of a meeting on the state’s testing of water from water wells near natural-gas drilling sites.
A meeting of 25 environmentally themed groups, the department’s oil and gas division and the state Department of Health’s Bureau of Laboratories had been set for J ... read more >>
Reducing water pollution needs more than a silver bullet
Nitrification inhibitors were never the magic bullet to reduce nitrate leaching, the Green Party said today.
This was in response to Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ decision to voluntarily suspend sales and use of Dicyandiamide (DCD) treatment on farm land until further notice.
“Reducing the pollution load on our rivers, lake ... read more >>
Widespread use of the pesticide diazinon resulted in elevated concentrations in the San Joaquin River (SJR) that were toxic to aquatic invertebrates and exceeded water quality standards. Consequently, the SJR was placed on California's Clean Water Act (CWA) section 303(d) list of impaired waters for diazinon in 1992. Watershed stakeholders implemented agricultural best management practices (BMPs) ... read more >>
Although the Ohio Farm Bureau is threatening that federal and state laws will mandate the way farmers will have to operate, Mike Hall, the administrator of the Crawford County Soil and Conservation District, says that he doesn't believe it will be necessary. Hall says that farmers in the the area want to do the right thing, and only need to be educated on the solution and its benefits. ... read more >>
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, water utilities are required to provide annual reports on the quality of the drinking water they provide to consumers. These reports, attached to a customer’s water bill, are called Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs); they contain information on potential contaminants in the water, any violations of water quality standards, and the sources of the water supply. U ... read more >>