California: 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in tap water

Study estimates 15,000 cancer cases could stem from chemicals in California tap water

(CNN) A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer.

Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. These contaminants include chemicals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium and radioactive elements such … [more…]

A new effort to save birds pinpoints in amazing detail where they fly

photo: Pacific Flyway red-bellied woodpecker Central Valley

Photo: A red-bellied woodpecker in the District’s Rock Creek Park. The eBird Project blends birdwatchers’ sightings with satellite photos and data about many species. The combination produces precise digital maps predicting when and where threatened and endangered birds migrate. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

For years, as California’s Central Valley grew into the nation’s leading agricultural corridor, the region gradually lost almost all of the wetlands that birds, from the tiny … [more…]

Data Shows San Diego Officials Misled the Public on Potential Source of Lead in Water

Data Shows San Diego Officials Misled the Public on Potential Source of Lead in Water

Photo by Will Huntsberry

The city isn’t sure what 192,000 of its water lines are made of. No other major California cities have such a massive gap in recordkeeping – one that could cost the city between $192 million and $960 million if it doesn’t take drastic steps to account for the make of those lines in the next 18 months.

Over the past two years, amid growing worry about … [more…]

As Residents Return, The Wildfire-Struck Town Of Paradise Struggles To Provide Clean Water

photo: flames from Paradise, California's Camp Fire

The town of Paradise is still a disaster zone with only six percent of the debris from last year’s destructive Camp Fire hauled away, but more and more residents are returning to their homes as the government braces for the challenges facing them now and in the future, according to National Public Radio.

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, leaving large patches of … [more…]

What drought? These states are gearing up to draw more water from the Colorado.

photo: the Colorado River

Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Dam so it can use an extra 80,000 acre-feet of water from a tributary of the once-mighty Colorado River. At its headwaters, Denver Water hopes to expand a reservoir’s capacity by 77,000 acre-feet of water. And several hundred miles south, Utah is trying to build a pipeline that can funnel another 86,000 acre-feet out of the river.

There … [more…]