Flint: EPA Upholds State Ability to Set Deadlines to Fix Deficiencies in Water System

Photo: Flint mayor Karen Weaver. Flint: EPA Upholds State Authority to Set Deadlines to Fix Deficiencies in City Water System

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Photo: Brett Carlsen (Getty Images)

As of Thursday, the people of Flint, Michigan, have gone 1,569 days without a clean and stable water system in their city. The lead service line are in the process of being replaced, and the government keeps telling them that their water is safer now — but the residents remain skeptical.

Through it all, their city and state governments continue to … [more…]

Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana’s History

map: Explore the Largest Coastal Restoration Project Completed In Louisiana's History

Map: a depiction of Isles Dernieres Barrier Island in 1853 and the chain of islands that now make up Isles Dernieres in 1988 after they detached from the mainland (Credit: CPRA).

To restore Louisiana’s coast, we need a suite of large-scale restoration projects across the coast working together to deliver maximum benefits and reduce land loss, restore ecosystems and maintain habitat.

In this "Restoration Project Highlights" series, we’ll be taking … [more…]

Animation of Satellite Data Shows SoCal “Breathing” Water

Animation Based on Satellite Data Shows SoCal "Breathing" Water

Credit: Bryan Riel and Mark Simons

Using an unprecedented number of satellite radar images, geophysicists at Caltech have tracked how the ground in Southern California rises and falls as groundwater is pumped in and out of aquifers beneath the surface.

Their findings are presented in a study that tracks deformation of the earth’s surface over an 18-year period. The work can be used by water management districts to assess the … [more…]

Flint water bottles become Genusee eyeglass frames

photo: founders of the company. Flint water bottles become Genusee eyeglass frames

In January 2016, Michigan native Ali VanOverbeke, 28, returned home from working as a designer for a clothing company in New York City to volunteer with the Red Cross to help with the Flint water crisis. Every day, she delivered cases and cases of bottled water.

“One of the first things that came to mind was, ‘What the heck is happening to all this plastic?’” after the bottles were empty,

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Hillsborough School District found lead in its water, didn’t tell parents for a year.

photo: one family with a school child in the district. The Hillsborough School District found lead in its water. It didn’t tell parents for a year.

Patrick Anding stands with his wife, Lakesha, and nine-year-old son DáVeon near their home across from Foster Elementary School. Patrick Anding was angry when he learned that the district kept lead test results from parents and teachers.

DáVeon’s behavior began to change after he went to Foster. The family wishes it had been told sooner about the school’s lead testing.

The Hillsborough County School District didn’t tell parents for more … [more…]