We can see how humans have altered Earth’s water resources

We can now see how humans have altered Earth’s water resources

For millennia, humans have harnessed rivers, built dams, and dug wells to quench our growing civilization. Now, for the first time, we have a picture of what all those generations have wrought on our blue planet’s most defining resource.

Newly analyzed data from groundwater-detecting satellites “reveals a clear human fingerprint on the global water cycle,” according to a study out Wednesday in the journal Nature. It’s the kind of … [more…]

Detect Water Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge

Detect and Chase Down Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge

Did you know that easy-to-fix water leaks account for nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes? In fact, the average household leaks almost 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash nearly 300 loads of laundry, and could be costing you an extra 10 percent on your water bills.

That is why EPA’s WaterSense program celebrates Fix A

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Tiny Goldfish Create Monster Problem If Released In Fresh Water

Tiny Goldfish Create Monster Problem When Released In Fresh Water

MEDICAL LAKE, WA — “Swim, fishy, swim,” you may think as you free your little aquarium goldfish into natural waters. What’s the harm? Plenty, it turns out.

Wildlife officials are wrestling with a giant-sized goldfish problem at an eastern Washington lake, where the once-small fish have grown to the size of footballs and are choking out native species and stirring up all kinds of problems in the ecosystem.

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EPA: Improvements to Keep Massachusetts Waters Clean

BOSTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a major step forward for Massachusetts’ water quality with improved stormwater management requirements as well as an array of training and implementation tools to assist municipalities with implementation.

The new permit (which EPA issued in 2016 but has not yet taken effect) will update stormwater management efforts across the state’s urbanized areas that will better protect rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and

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Sixth Grader Has Removed 2,215 Pounds of Trash From the Petaluma River

photo: DJ Woodbury - This Sixth Grader Has Removed 2,215 Pounds of Trash From the Petaluma River

2,215 pounds. That’s more than an Asian water buffalo weighs. More than a saltwater crocodile weighs. And it’s almost as much as a walrus weighs. Those are three of the ten heaviest mammals on Earth.

DJ Woodbury, a twelve-year-old from Petaluma, California, managed to remove that much garbage — 2,215 pounds of it — out of the Petaluma River, just north of San Francisco. Woodbury started his river clean-up for

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