The Death of the Delaware River

historical photo

A photo circa 1965 showing an outfall pier being built on the Schuylkill River, where it flows into the Delaware River. Prior to the Clean Water Act, little regulation existed to halt industrial pollution and raw sewage from flowing into the nation’s waterways. (PWD archival photo)

Joe Newton would fish on the Delaware River every day if he could. “It depends on the weather and the conditions and the like,” … [more…]

$3 billion problem: Miami-Dade’s septic tanks are already failing due to sea rise

photo: 2016 king tides in Miami-Dade County

Photo: A Miami-Dade neighborhood that relies on septic tanks experiences flooding during the 2016 King Tide. A new report commissioned by the county shows that half of the county’s septic tanks break down yearly, a problem that sea level rise will worsen. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of septic tanks, and a new report reveals most are already malfunctioning — the smelly and unhealthy evidence of which often … [more…]

$23 million in state grants aim to prevent sewage overflows, protect WNY waters

$23 million in state grants aim to prevent sewage overflows, protect WNY waters

Downtown is reflected in the water at the small boat harbor on Friday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

A Wales forest will grow by a couple hundred acres to protect the Niagara River’s water quality miles downstream.

Six miles of Town of Tonawanda sewers will be lined to keep sewage from overflowing into Ellicott Creek and the Niagara River.

Mechanical and computer upgrades will help Buffalo hold back stormwater and sewage from … [more…]

EPA’s Own Data Refutes Justification for Clean Water Act Rollback

photo: hog farm, AKA pork facility, AKA pig farmers

A swine facility in Eastern North Carolina. Photo: Caitlin Penna for The Intercept

While Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was introducing the new rule that will vastly scale back federal water protections, Matthew Starr was preparing to take water samples from the Neuse River.

Starr, one of two official keepers of the North Carolina river, already has a hard job. As a protector of the Neuse, a body … [more…]

El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

photo: Rio Grande river. El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

Video: Sanjay Gupta assesses climate change impact 04:20 (CNN)

The people of El Paso, Texas, are resilient. Living in the middle of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, the city has no other choice. On average, 15 days every year spike over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The city gets little relief with annual rainfall of just about 9 inches.

It’s one of the hottest cities in the country. One of its prime sources … [more…]