Flint Water Crisis Worsens, City Spills 2 Million Gallons of Sewage Into Flint River

Flint Water Crisis Worsens, City Spills 2 Million Gallons of Sewage Into Flint River

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.

From MLive:

The city dumped an estimated 2 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River Sunday, Aug. 18, just months

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Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

photo: storm drain. Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

Reclaimed storm water may provide a local source of drinking water for parched communities. (MPCA Photos, via Flickr)

UC Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.

Using a mineral-coated sand that reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, the researchers have … [more…]

Dayton, Ohio storm drains: murals help keep contaminants out of waterways

photo: couple with their storm drain sign art

Photo: City of Dayton Department of Water (storm drains). Art: Laura and Michael Huff

The City of Dayton (Ohio) Department of Water wants to make sure citizens understand that stormwater pushes whatever contaminants are in the streets into storm drains and out into local waters.

Rather than building signposts next to storm drains or mailing out informational flyers, the utility, which serves an area alongside the Great Miami River, has … [more…]

Nashville uses storm drains adoption to fight localized flooding

photo: water cascading into storm drains - Nashville flooding abatement program

NASHVILLE, Tenn, — Metro Nashville has a new way to prevent neighborhood flooding, like middle Tennessee has seen all-too-often this spring. The program calls for more than 40,000 volunteers to adopt storm drains around the Nashville area. "You’ll see leaves, yard clippings, any type of debris, a lot of litter, Styrofoam cups, trash bags, and all that sitting on top of a storm drain can prevent the water from getting

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