Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

photo: Navajo Water Supply is More Horrific than Flint, But No One Cares Because they’re Native American

The news out of Flint, Michigan brought the issue of contaminated drinking water into sharp focus, as it was revealed that officials at every level—local, state and federal—knew about lead-poisoned water for months but did nothing to address the problem.

Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than … [more…]

Hurricane Florence breaches manure lagoon, coal ash pit in North Carolina

photo: Hurricane Florence breaches manure lagoon, coal ash pit in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Flooded rivers from Florence’s drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday.
North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution. State officials also were monitoring the ongoing threat from the breach of a Duke Energy coal ash landfill near Wilmington.

Department of Environmental Quality Secretary … [more…]

Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland:

Study shows complex connection between meltwater discharge and nutrient input — ScienceDaily

Summary: The unusual timing of highly-productive summer plankton blooms off Greenland indicates a connection between increasing amounts of meltwater and nutrients in these coastal waters. Researchers now show that this connection exists, but is much more complex than widely supposed. Whether increasing meltwater has a positive or negative effect on summertime phytoplankton depends on the depth at which … [more…]

Does a dishwasher use less water than washing dishes by hand?

photo: washing a sink full of dirty dishes in the kitchen. Does a dishwasher use less water than washing dishes by hand?

It’s time to save water.

If you’re trying to save money or water by hand washing your dishes instead of running the dishwasher, we’re afraid you’ve got it backwards. Studies show that automatic dishwashers use far less water than human hands scrubbing with soap and water.

We wanted to see for ourselves, so we cooked up a test in which we cleaned dishes by hand and measured how much water … [more…]

A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How’s the water?

photo: A landfill in Vermont, a lake in Quebec and a question: How's the water?

Photo: Residents and officials on both sides of the border have expressed concerns about how the leachate percolating from the Coventry Landfill in Newport, Vt., is being treated before it gets discharged into Lake Memphremagog. (Rebecca Martel/CBC)

Lake Memphremagog is main water supply for many communities, but toxicity testing stopped in 2009

Plans for the expansion of a landfill in Vermont are seeing pushback from residents and environmental groups north … [more…]