Tag: polluted water

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater). This form of environmental degradation occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds.

“Just Like Guacamole”

“Just Like Guacamole”

Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, Florida’s governor declared a state of emergency for four coastal counties. The cause this time wasn’t a hurricane, but something much more insidious: algae blooms so thick that some residents compared them to guacamole floating on the water’s surface.

Many people living

Water Sustainability in Prisons

Water Sustainability in Prisons

The average cost of confinement across the country is approaching $30,000 a year for each prisoner, says Tommy Norris, who operates www.greenprisons.org. The most recent US Department of Justice prison population count places it at 2.1 million.

An Unwanted Bloom—Algae

An Unwanted Bloom—Algae

Towns and cities both large and small dot the miles of shoreline winding around the waters of Lake Erie. Groundwater from beneath plenty of farms, factories, cattle feedlots, and septic systems in these heavily populated areas flows regularly into the lake’s waters.

An Unwanted Bloom–Algae

An Unwanted Bloom–Algae

Towns and cities both large and small dot the miles of shoreline winding around the waters of Lake Erie. Groundwater from beneath plenty of farms, factories, cattle feedlots, and septic systems in these heavily populated areas flows regularly into the lake’s waters. Last summer, the residents living along the lake

Rethinking Water Storage

Rethinking Water Storage

On January 17, a state of drought emergency was declared in California by Governor Jerry Brown. By early February, snowpack in the Eastern Sierras was at only 12% of its normal level. For many, this declaration did not come as a surprise: In the southwestern US, drought cycles are the

Cleveland’s Stormwater Challenge

Cleveland’s Stormwater Challenge

Cleveland is in the same boat as many other cities these days. Its aging infrastructure and increased development with impervious surfaces have resulted in waves of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that have sent polluted water and sewage into nearby waters. Now Cleveland’s sewer district, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD),

Permeable Pavers Expand

Permeable Pavers Expand

“The Ford assembly plant in Louisville, KY, was being shut down to completely retool it, to do a setup for the new Ford Escape,” explains Phil Gambrell, civil engineering group manager with engineering firm Luckett & Farley. “Similar to other large companies, Ford hadn’t really done any exterior maintenance. So

Close Work at Malibu

Close Work at Malibu

Long before the job finally got under way in June 2012, the restoration of Malibu Lagoon, a 31-acre shallow water embayment formed where Malibu Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean, had accumulated a reputation as of one of California’s most ecologically sensitive and politically contentious construction projects. Ecologically sensitive, because

Close Work at Malibu

Close Work at Malibu

Long before the job finally got under way in June 2012, the restoration of Malibu Lagoon, a 31-acre shallow water embayment formed where Malibu Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean, had accumulated a reputation as of one of California’s most ecologically sensitive and politically contentious construction projects. Ecologically sensitive, because

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