Tag: water contamination

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.

Unprecedented Charges in Flint

Unprecedented Charges in Flint

While I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to do my job well and report information accurately in my role as editor, when I mess up or fail to act, a comma is misplaced or a person’s name misspelled. It’s unfortunate, but nobody dies.

The charges recently brought against five Michigan

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

EPA recently released the final version of its report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water sources. The new version, the culmination of six years of research, reveals gaps in substantive data and excludes a statement printed in the earlier draft report that it found “no evidence that

Current Leading Issues in Solid Waste Financial Planning

Over the past 35 plus years in the solid waste industry, first as a solid waste agency manager and now for the last 30 years as solid waste consultant, I find many agencies continuing to grapple with major issues of finding funding sources for their programs and developing fair and

Project Profile:  Keeping Public Water Clean Naturally

Project Profile: Keeping Public Water Clean Naturally

When we see news stories about lead-contaminated water flowing out of faucets in Flint, MI, and see the troubles the city is having as a result, many of us become concerned about our own city’s drinking water supply that we use every day to brush our teeth, take a shower,

The Perils of PFAS Compounds

The Perils of PFAS Compounds

Two studies have recently revealed that drinking water is a major source of human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS). These manmade fluorosurfactant substances have been used in industrial applications and consumer products for decades. They can be found in fire-fighting foams, oil and water repellents, furniture, waterproof clothes, and

Landfill Mining: Current Trends

The beneficial purposes can include recovery of recyclable materials, recovery of soils for use as daily or intermediate cover in active landfills, or recovery of land area for redevelopment. As urban sprawl has continued in many metropolitan areas, landfills—which previously were located in areas relatively distant from the population centers—are

Hidden Hydrology: Subterranean Groundwater Transfer

Hidden Hydrology: Subterranean Groundwater Transfer

I’m continually amazed by the way data allows us to “see” things that are otherwise invisible to the human eye—the exploration of cosmic landscapes that no human has ever traveled to, the molecular wonder of microscopic worlds, and recently the unseen places along the US coast where freshwater and seawater

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