WVSU sues Dow over water pollution at Institute campus

WVSU sues Dow over water pollution at Institute campus

Gazette-Mail file photo: West Virginia State University President Anthony Jenkins.

West Virginia State University has sued Dow Chemical and former operators of the Institute chemical plant, alleging that the facility has contaminated the groundwater under the university’s campus. University officials insist the contamination poses no health risks — the campus does not use groundwater for its drinking water. It says the pollution threatens campus development plans and, once made public,


“Superman Is Not Coming”: Erin Brockovich on the Future of Water

"Superman Is Not Coming": Erin Brockovich on the Future of Water

Erin Brockovich speaks at the 2016 Arizona Ultimate Women’s Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. Phoenix, Arizona, October 9, 2016. Photo: Gage Skidmore

Come take a ride on America’s toxic water slide: First stop: Flint, Michigan, where two years later, people are still contending with lead-laced water, which was finally detected by the EPA in February 2015 with the help of resident Lee Anne Walters. Next stop: California, where hundreds




The Animas River flows through the mountains of Southwestern Colorado, through what was once the undisputed land of Ute and Navajo people before the encroachment of miners in the 19th century. In 2015, the EPA was performing maintenance on the abandoned Gold King Mine when it accidentally released three million gallons of wastewater contaminated with heavy metals into the river, turning it a bright orange and threatening agriculture, tourism, and


Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Wish? Protect our Oceans

photo: Dr. Sylvia Earle in one of many submersibles she has piloted

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

TED Prize Winner – 2009

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Life in the Ocean

photo: clownfish in a sea anemone - for Dr. Sylvia Earle video on protecting our oceans

Dr. Sylvia Earle has lived underwater more than anyone we know. More than anyone we’ve even heard of. Like many children, she discovered a love of nature. Unlike many adults, she has pursued that love for life all of her life.

In this video, Dr. Earle talks about the magic of being hundreds of feet under water and the importance of preserving our oceans through initiatives like Hope Spots.… [more…]