Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Pain, cancer, death: Michigan families devastated by toxic chemicals in their water

Sandy Wynn-Stelt at home in Belmont. ‘I’m sitting here full of this stuff and not knowing what it’s going to do to me five years, 10 years from now.’ Photograph: Tom Perkins

In the years before 2017, Sandy Wynn-Stelt and her husband had suspicions about the water they drew from a well on their House Street property in the Michigan town of Belmont. She attributed the bad taste to it … [more…]

Thousands of lead pipes tainting N.J. water will be replaced

Thousands of lead pipes tainting N.J. water will be replaced

Trenton Water Works employees dig up and replace lead piping after a press event marking the start of the water system’s lead service line replacement program in Trenton, January, 9, 2020 Photo: Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media

New Jersey’s capital city is launching a major effort to get the lead out.

City officials gathered in West Trenton’s Berkeley Square neighborhood Thursday to kick off the major project — even … [more…]

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

Photo © J. Carl Ganter/Circleofblue.org

19 best solutions to the global freshwater crisis captured by a GlobeScan and SustainAbility poll of more than 1200 leading international experts in 80 countries.

Virtually every industry in the world anticipates sweeping systemic transformation over the next decade in their strategic planning, production practices, and business models, according to the Sustainability Survey Poll on Water. The global opinion poll, which released a survey of … [more…]

Weeki Wachee Mermaids Tackle Water Pollution Education

photo: Weeki Wachee mermaids, Florida roadside attraction

This long, long-running roadside attraction is also educating visitors about pollutants’ effects, focusing on Florida issues that also are relevant to any agricultural regions.

The mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs has been a delightfully kitschy, (very) family friendly, tourist staple for decades. These days, its shows are also relevant and topical, in a way that makes the message fun for all ages. The Weeki Wachee mermaids talk about … [more…]

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Japan Wants to Dump Nuclear Plant’s Tainted Water. Fishermen Fear the Worst.

Photo: Tatsuo Niitsuma and his wife, Yoko, in Iwaki, Japan, this month. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

The water from the Fukushima disaster is more radioactive than the authorities have previously publicized, raising doubts about government assurances that it will be made safe.

IWAKI, Japan — The overpowering earthquake and tsunami that ripped through northern Japan in March 2011 took so much from Tatsuo Niitsuma, a commercial fisherman … [more…]