Photo: The sample room at the Grand Rapids wastewater treatment facility. DUSTIN DWYER / MICHIGAN RADIO
The swirling liquid rushes into concrete channels behind a black chain-link fence.
“That is what sewage looks like,” says Nicole Pasch, who works in Environmental Services for the city of Grand Rapids.
Pasch is showing off the wastewater treatment facility, along with the various stages the sewage has to pass through before it can … [more…]
The Flint River is shown in downtown Flint April 20, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images)
As if residents of Flint, Mich., haven’t endured enough when it comes to the city’s water supply, they now have millions of gallons of raw sewage to contend with.
The city dumped an estimated 2 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River Sunday, Aug. 18, just months
Photo: Excessive nitrate in lakes, seas and rivers can increase algae growth that can lead to toxic blue-green blooms. The IAEA, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method to trace the origin of nitrate pollution in water. (Photo: L. Wassenaar, IAEA)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, has developed an innovative method for tracing the origin of nitrogen … [more…]
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Before the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, our nation’s waters were in trouble. Lake Erie was virtually dead, the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and the Androscoggin River in Maine was so polluted it peeled paint on nearby buildings. Many of America’s waters had become little more than lifeless, open sewers.
Nobody wants to return to the bad old days of polluted, dirty rivers. … [more…]
Many locations around the world are implementing inspirational projects to encourage the wise use of water while enhancing resilience to climate change and ensuring resource efficiency.
Harvesting stormwater runoff
The City of Santa Monica’s Los Amigos Park Storm Water Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration Project involves capturing stormwater runoff from a storm drain near the park, pre-treating flows with a hydrodynamic separator, storing flows in a subsurface storage system, and … [more…]