Satellite images show Nebraska and Iowa rivers swallowing towns

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(CNN) Satellite images show just how high the water has risen along the Platte and Missouri Rivers, including a large portion of a US Air Force Base under water.

Upstream from Scribner, Nebraska, on the Elkhorn River, a flood gauge measured its second highest crest: 17.65 feet. The flood gauge just downstream from the town stopped reporting … [more…]

Florida lawmakers begin cracking down on polluters

photo: City of Sarasota employees work to contain a sewage spill. (Florida)

Photo: City of Sarasota employees work to contain a sewage spill. Herald-Tribune archive (2011) Mike Lang

But big questions remain about how far they’ll go

TALLAHASSEE — The crowd packed into a committee room in the basement of the Florida House office building burst into applause last week after Rep. Randy Fine finished delivering an impassioned speech about preventing sewage from spilling into waterways.

“If the sergeant would get the … [more…]

Fix a Leak Week

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Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 18 through 24, 2019—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable … [more…]

Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six of the UK’s major water companies have joined an initiative to distribute disposal bags which encourage customers to put sanitary items in the bin rather than flushing them.

Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water, Northern Ireland Water and Yorkshire Water are now offering FabLittleBag to their customers as part of their education campaigns to reduce the millions spent each year on clearing fatbergs and other sewer … [more…]

Michigan’s Lead in Drinking Water Protections Under Attack

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In the wake of the Flint Water Crisis, the State of Michigan put forth the nation’s most protective lead in drinking water safeguards in the form of its landmark Lead and Copper Rule. Michigan is now leading the way in removing the lead coming from pipes connecting homes to water mains in the street. During 2017-2018, NRDC spent months in stakeholder negotiations with the water utilities and their representatives, public … [more…]