“Water was the biggest thing,” says journalist Tim McDonnell of the scene at the refugee settlement of Palorinya in northern Uganda. Since December, 146,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border, fleeing the violence of the civil war. And without enough water to drink, they would quite literally die.
He’d see them line up each day with their jerrycans to get the 15 liters of water for daily use. That’s a … [more…]
Farmer Adam Kirian runs a grain and livestock farm in Hancock County. The buildup of nutrients in western Lake Erie can trigger algae growth – and contaminate drinking water in nearby cities. That happened as recently as 2014, when Toledo residents could not drink their water for two days.
Researchers say agriculture is largely to blame, so Ohio is requiring farmers to take special training. But it’s not clear that … [more…]
Strong storms and cold temperatures this winter have left a behind a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which provides water for about 23 million Californians from the Bay Area to Southern California. So how does all that water actually travel hundreds of miles to the Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California?
If temperatures are cold enough, the Sierras act as a giant natural reservoir that stores snow … [more…]