People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

Use this instead of grass for your lawn

Use this instead of grass for your lawn

Photo © GoodMood Photo/Shutterstock

When I was a kid, I always wondered why people cared about keeping patches of grass outside their homes. I assumed someone would explain it to me someday, but no one ever did. And I’m starting to think there is no good explanation.

The more I learned about lawns, the more pointless they seemed. Lawns are a ton of work. You have to mow and weed … [more…]

Differences Remain Over Addressing CAFO Compliance, Enforcement

Differences Remain Over Addressing CAFO Compliance, Enforcement

No one is completely satisfied with action this week from the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee on proposed fees and additional positions to oversee concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in Wisconsin. The growing number of large farms in the state has contributed to increasing concerns over the potential for pollution.

Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal would have raised annual pollution permit fees from $345 to $660, as well as institute … [more…]

California and Water: Half Environmental Nightmare, Half Remarkable Success Story

California and Water: Half Environmental Nightmare, Half Remarkable Success Story

THE DREAMT LAND
Chasing Water and Dust Across California

By Mark Arax
Reported by J. Steven Young

When delegates to the second International Irrigation Congress convened in Los Angeles in October 1893, pessimism about their mission was not supposed to be on the agenda. The gathering, after all, was meant to encourage reclamation of arid lands throughout the American West, using irrigation to transform an immense wasteland into an agriculturally … [more…]

‘Tip Of the Spear’: As Customers Beg For Clean Water, Is a Crisis Looming In Appalachia?

‘Tip Of the Spear’: As Customers Beg For Clean Water, Is a Crisis Looming In Appalachia?

The Curtis Crum Reservoir in Martin County, Ky., on Oct. 2, 2018. Water is pumped from the Tug Fork River and stored here before being treated and delivered to residents. Photo: Alex Slitz/Lexington Herald-Leader

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth story in a series titled “Stirring the Waters,” focused on the lack of clean, reliable drinking water in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia.

Jimmy Kerr sat in his real … [more…]