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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…]
Photo: City of Sarasota employees work to contain a sewage spill. Herald-Tribune archive (2011) Mike Lang
But big questions remain about how far they’ll go
TALLAHASSEE — The crowd packed into a committee room in the basement of the Florida House office building burst into applause last week after Rep. Randy Fine finished delivering an impassioned speech about preventing sewage from spilling into waterways.
“If the sergeant would get the … [more…]
Update 1/17: Environmental activists have started a petition urging Florida lawmakers to prevent FPL from storing waste underground.
South Florida sits atop two gigantic underground stores of water: the Biscayne and Floridan Aquifers. Miamians get most of their drinking water from the upper Biscayne Aquifer, while the government has used the lower portion of the Floridian to dump waste and untreated sewage — despite the fact that multiple studies have … [more…]
Degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park in west Maui, Hawaii. Peter Swarzenski / Usgs
In a case watched closely both by polluting industries and clean water advocates across the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an appeal of a Clean Water Act case out of Hawaii concerning treated sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean from injection wells.
Last March, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals … [more…]