The lesser-known threat from sea-level rise? Saltwater intrusion into Florida’s freshwater wells.

photo: The lesser-known threat from sea-level rise? Saltwater intrusion into Florida’s freshwater wells.

When it comes to sea-level rise, Miami is usually deemed ground zero. Time-lapse maps depict the creeping rise of blue, ultimately inundating South Florida and other coastal regions.

You don’t have to go to climate-apocalypse movies like the Day After Tomorrow to see flooding of a major American city. It’s a reality as South Florida residents become familiar with wading down the street through high waters or kayaking around their

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Your laundry is more toxic than you think

art: Your laundry is more toxic than you think

Conservation photographer Ben Von Wong is drawing attention to a serious pollution threat with these ‘Toxic Laundry’ photos. (Photo: Ben Von Wong )

If you’re like most Americans, you have a closet filled with clothes made from synthetic materials. Fleece jacket? Check. Yoga pants. Yup. That little black dress? Probably.

Today, if you’re wearing clothes, then you’re probably wearing polyester and the plastic that comes with it. According to Tecnon

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DEP using water insects to measure waterway health

photo: DEP using water insects to measure waterway health (Pennsylvania)
State Dept. of Environmental Protection scientists are using aquatic insects and other small underwater organisms to gauge water quality in the state’s waterways.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is making public aquatic life sampling results from across the state. The data is publicly available in a GIS viewer with downloadable data sets. Known as benthic macroinvertebrates, these are the insects and animals that spend most, if not all, of … [more…]

A rare victory for Iowa water quality

A rare victory for Iowa water quality

Following a public outcry, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has abandoned an effort to weaken the state’s E. coli water quality standards. Officials had designed the change with the explicit goal of reducing the number of Iowa waterways deemed impaired.

Environmental advocates had warned public health would suffer if the DNR assessed waterways based on average readings of E. coli levels, rather than the highest single measurement of the … [more…]

Simple River-Cleaning Tactics That Big Farms Ignore

photo: corn fields - The Simple River-Cleaning Tactics That Big Farms Ignore

Iowa is the largest corn producer in the U.S.—and the second largest producer of nitrate pollution in the Mississippi River Basin. Photograph by Amy Toensing, National Geographic Creative. By Elizabeth Royte. Photographs by Dennis Chamberlin PUBLISHED December 7, 2017. This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative news organization.

Des Moines, Iowa — Ione Cleverley wasn’t eager to break up with her … [more…]