EPA is asked about checking illicit drug levels in Irish water

EPA is asked about checking illicit drug levels in Irish water

Photo: Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Data involving 50 cities published in 2015 found that London’s river Thames was the worst for cocaine levels in sewage

The environmental watchdog has been asked what it is doing to monitor the presence of illicit drugs in Irish water following research in some European cities that traced high … [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…]

Upper Mississippi is ‘endangered,’ group says | qctimes.com

photo: Mississippi River at flood stage in the Quad Cities, Iowa

Photo: The nonprofit environmental group American Rivers has named the Upper Mississippi River to its 2019 list of top 10 most endangered rivers because of increasing flooding due to climate change and because of illegal raising of levees south of Muscatine that are making flooding downstream that much worse. This is Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport earlier this month.
MEG MCLAUGHLIN/mmclaughlin@qconline.com

The nonprofit group American Rivers has named the Upper … [more…]

Dozens of shopping carts, trash removed by Kiwanis from Salinas River in Paso Robles

Dozens of shopping carts, trash removed by Kiwanis from Salinas River in Paso Robles

Photo: Volunteer holds up security camera found along river bank.

Among the dumpsters full of garbage collected by a team of volunteers on the Kiwanis One Day project in Paso Robles were over 30 shopping carts discarded along the Salinas River.

Over the course of four hours Saturday morning, a team of about 75 people collected garbage and worked on repairing the weathered wooden fence that lines the Riverwalk.

“Bike … [more…]

Concentrations of Pharmaceuticals in Freshwater Increasingly Globally

Maps: Concentrations of Pharmaceuticals in Freshwater Increasingly Globally

The environmental risks of ciprofloxacin in fresh water have increased worldwide between 1995 and 2015. Inset: Counts of ecoregions where specific percentage of the water volume exceeds PNEC, or "predicted no effect concentrations." R. OLDENKAMP ET AL, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS

Concentrations of pharmaceuticals in rivers and lakes have significantly increased across the globe over the past 20 years, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. … [more…]