6 ways to protect your lake’s water quality

6 ways to protect your lake’s water quality

Want to improve water quality on your lake? Why not prevent overland flooding and erosion and help your forests at the same time? Here are 6 simple things you can do at the cottage to be a hero.

1. Never put soap in the lake.

Soaps add phosphorus to the water, which, along with fertilizers and poorly maintained septic systems, can lead to excessive plant growth, unhealthy blue-green algae build … [more…]

“Safe” levels of thyroid inhibitor in tap water much lower than thought

Yet another study demonstrating that tap water may be quite unsafe to drink, and that yet another one of EPA/FDA regulations on “safe” levels of a potent thyroid-inhibiting contaminant in drinking water are nothing more than wishful thinking. Namely, the study below claims that the levels of perchlorate in drinking water defined as safe by the EPA/FDA are an order of magnitude higher than what is considered “acceptable” risk, and … [more…]

10 Shocking Facts On Factory Farms Will Make You Rethink That Burger

Graphic: 10 Shocking Facts On Factory Farms and Water Pollution Will Make You Rethink That Burger

Graphic by Hannah Williams

In the United States, around 27 billion animals are raised for food every year. These animals are subjected to lives in extreme confinement where they live in fear and pain. The cruelty that these animals experience is rather well-known and understood, however, the negative environmental impact that raising this many animals causes is less so. One of the most notable ways that factory farming impacts the … [more…]

Why we need sharks: the true nature of the ocean’s ‘monstrous villains’

artwork: many varieties of sharks in the ocean ecosystems

There are more than 500 known species of sharks. Illustration: Good Wives and Warriors

Each day, as the sun sets over the coral-fringed Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia, an underwater predator stirs. As predators go, it’s not especially big or ferocious – an arm’s length from head to tail, with a snuffling, moustachioed snout.

What’s unique is that it doesn’t so much swim along the seabed as walk. Using its … [more…]

The water is contaminated. But California bottled water program isn’t helping this town

photo: sign announcing the town of Earlimart, California

A failed 50-year-old well in late May meant boiling water for Earlimart residents. But even as the boil order was recently lifted, many are fearful of contaminated tap water, relying on bottled water for the indefinite future.

The cost of buying cases of bottled water for cooking and drinking is adding up for residents of Earlimart, where a contaminated well became the main source of tap water for more than … [more…]