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Ohio Will Help Cities Improve Water Treatment After Toledo Crisis

AP | By JOHN SEEWER | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators laid out a plan Thursday to assist cities with testing and treating their drinking water, a firs...

How a Housewife Transformed an Open Sewer into a Swimmable River

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

In the 1960s the Nashua River was starved of oxygen, biologically dead, and one of the ten most polluted rivers in the United States. The sludge-filled river, which flows through New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was a different color every day, depending on what was discharged that day.

The Great Portland Pee: The Psychological Power of Disgust That Discourages Water Recycling

David Ropeik | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
David Ropeik

If you're running a little short on potable water, you might want to take some empty jugs up to Portland, Oregon, where for the next few days, they will be throwing away 38 million gallons of water

Man Pleads Guilty After Dumping Fracking Wastewater Into River

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former owner of a Youngstown-based wastewater company pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations in the d...

Endocrine Disruptors: Latest Threat to Surface Waters

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

The United States has one of the world's best systems for both wastewater and potable water treatment and distribution; however, that doesn't mean we are without challenges.

Rural Louisiana and Mississippi brace for accelerated Tuscaloosa drilling

Susan Buchanan | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Dec. 9, 2013 edition.) North of New Orleans, ambitious drilling plans in the Tuscaloosa ...

Fracking Without Freshwater Solves Massive Problem

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

By Anna Driver and Terry Wade MERTZON, Texas, Nov 21 (Reuters) - At a dusty Texas oilfield, Apache Corp has eliminated...

Is This The World's Most Underused Resource?

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green

OSLO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The world is set to use far more treated wastewater to help irrigate crops and feed a rising population as fresh water supp...

Water Trumps Every Other Resource

Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., Ph.D.

Despite the importance of water, we regularly abuse this vital resource. However, there are some bright spots. The cities of Seattle, San Antonio, Philadelphia and Syracuse are leading the way.

Looser Guidelines for Radioactive Waste Another Reason to Ban Fracking Now

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.17.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

When it comes to exposure to radioactive materials, how much is too much? If you're like most people, or scientists, the answer is probably "any amount."

Power and Water Utilities: An Unlikely Alliance

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

If these barriers are overcome and municipal wastewater and electric utilities collaborate and coordinate their efforts, what's the potential?

New Proposal Cracks Down On Drilling Waste

AP | By JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Contaminated wastes from a boom in oil and natural gas drilling would face new testing, reporting and tracking requirements be...

Investing in Nature in a Post-Sandy World

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Hurricane Sandy has made it clear that addressing coastal resiliency and protecting coastal communities is fundamental to public safety, health and economic well-being. With the enormous opportunity that comes with rebuilding, New York can be a leader.

A New Method Of Cleaning Water?

AP | Posted 02.25.2013 | Green

LEETOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey say a byproduct of acid mine drainage treatment may be able to help clean agricultu...

The New and Improved Water Cycle?

Joan B. Rose | Posted 01.26.2013 | Science
Joan B. Rose

Can we improve our reuse of water? Can we enhance our wastewater treatment to produce water fit for beneficial purposes? More water quality testing, better wastewater treatment and acknowledgement of this recycling is needed.

More Research Needed to Understand Health Risks of Fracking

Frances Beinecke | Posted 12.05.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

One of the biggest challenges is simply finding out what natural gas companies are pumping into the air and water. Fracking is exempt from many federal requirements to monitor air and water pollution, and gas companies don't do much voluntary reporting.

Snow Joke: Skiers To Glide On Frozen Sewer Water

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.28.2012 | Small Business

Pure as the freshly driven ... sewage? This winter the Arizona Snowbowl resort will reportedly make its artificial snow from reclaimed sewage water...

Why Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Cares About Your Sewage

Eddie Fernandez | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Eddie Fernandez

Ostara has managed to successfully turn a burdened waste into a resource that is both sustainable and profitable -- an ideal type of innovation that this world could use some more of.

Water Ills Focus of New Documentary

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

2012-05-03-Screenshot20120503at9.29.37AM.jpgLast Call at the Oasis highlights global water crisis but opines that the "glass is half full."

Major Retailers Contribute To Severe Water Pollution In China: Report

Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

The sassy spring colors flooding into America's stores are also polluting Chinese rivers, according to a new report. Textile suppliers of Zara, H&M...

Earth Day 2012: Harder to See, Harder to Catch

Peter Hanlon | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Peter Hanlon

It's perversely easy to wax nostalgic for the bad old days, and not just because the images are so captivating. Environmental problems were so much more apparent back then.

Energy and Earthquakes: A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.13.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could it be that the increase in earthquakes is specifically tied to the growing practice of using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to release oil and gas from shale and other tight formations?

After Quakes, Owner To Lower Pressure In Ohio Well

AP | Posted 03.05.2012 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The owner of a northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling plans to remove material from it to ...

Top 10 Water-Related Things to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Steve Fleischli | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Steve Fleischli

This Thanksgiving I'm thinking about all the amazing ways in which water makes life better -- ways that are perhaps so fundamental to our everyday existence.

The Emotion of Wastewater

Jim Lauria | Posted 08.12.2011 | Green
Jim Lauria

I'm at the American Water Works Association conference in Washington, DC, this week, and was asked to nominate a water project for a LinkedIn water pr...