The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

Maggy Hurchalla kayaking near her home in Stuart, Fla., this summer. Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along … [more…]

A crisis in Kentucky shows the high cost of clean drinking water

photo: bottled water in Kentucky

Photo: Junior Hunt, left, and Bobby Fletcher pick up donated water in Huntleyville, Ky., to share with Martin County residents. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

April 16 2019 LOVELY, Ky. — When the well water here turned brown and started tasting salty, Heather Blevins’s parents hooked their property on Dead Man’s Curve into the municipal supply. It seemed like a blessing until new hazards emerged: Today, Blevins says, the tap … [more…]

‘You Just Don’t Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary’

photo: a hill town alongside a small river or large creek. 'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'

Rockcastle Creek flows past residential homes and businesses along Route 3 in the town of Inez, the county seat of Martin County, Ky. A giant coal sludge spill in October 2000 contaminated the county’s rivers for miles, and locals still don’t trust the water. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR

Aleigha Sloan can’t remember ever drinking a glass of water from the tap at her home. That is "absolutely dangerous," the 17-year-old


Large algae bloom forms on Lake Okeechobee, could repeat 2016

Large algae bloom forms on Lake O; could we see a repeat of 2016?

(Above) A diagram from 2016 shows water flow in South Florida. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida’s freshwater heart is choking on nutrient-laden inflows from the north, south and east this summer, but Treasure Coast waterways have so far been spared the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges that seeded 2016’s widespread algae bloom. In a move that hasn’t been made since 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers is letting