Toxic Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated U.S. Drinking Water

photo: Toxic Firefighting Foam at an airfield and/or military base

A small sea of fire retardant foam was unintentionally released in an aircraft hangar, temporarily covering a small portion of the flight line at Travis Air Force Base in California, Sept. 24, 2013. Photo: U.S. Air Force

The EPA has yet to regulate the toxic PFCs found in fire-suppressing foam, Teflon, and other products that have contaminated our drinking water.

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Building Roots for a More Water Secure California

photo: showing the difference between healthy soil and barren soil.

Photo: NRCS Scientists Holding Up Two Soil Samples. US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service

The recently released National Climate Assessment discussed the impacts of climate change on our nation’s water supply and agricultural productivity. The levels of uncertainty regarding the future of our water supply are troubling. Changes in precipitation patterns will intensify droughts and increase heavy downpours. Hotter, more extreme weather will disrupt how well and how … [more…]

Gila River Indian Community Approves Major Deal to Provide Water to CAP

photo: Gila River Indian Community's Governor Stephen Roe Lewis (Arizona)

Photo: Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

In a major step forward for Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan negotiations, the Gila River Indian Community Council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a deal to supply water to the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District.

Under the deal, the Gila River Indian Community would supply the district, often referred to as CAGRD, with up to 830,000 acre-feet … [more…]

Seattle, suburbs would lose all water pressure within 24 hours of catastrophic earthquake

photo: Mami Hara

Photo: Mami Hara, CEO and general manager of Seattle Public Utilities, stands inside the Beacon Reservoir in August 2017, when the underground facility was being upgraded to withstand a major earthquake. The reservoir is the city’s largest, holding 50 million gallons of water. Its walls were strengthened and it was equipped with special valves to keep much of the water from leaking out if a quake ruptures connecting pipes. (Ellen [more…]

Five gross things we used to dump in the Mississippi River — and what we’re dumping now

photo: Steve Lee talking about pollution in the Mississippi River

Steve Lee, a history buff and retired pollution regulator with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, stops near the University of Minnesota steam plant, southeast of St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. Lee led a historical tour along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, for students and others interested in the pollution history of the river. Elizabeth Dunbar | MPR News

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