“Fumes Across the Fence Line” – Causes and Effects of Environmental Racism

"Fumes Across the Fence Line” - Documenting the Causes and Effects of Environmental Racism, and Asking: What are the Next Steps?

A study released in November of 2017 produced by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and the National Medical Association (NMA) “Fumes Across the Fence-line” shows for the first time with empirical data that pollution disproportionately affects communities of color. The 36-page study links pollutants emitted by gas or oil facilities near communities of color to high rates of asthma … [more…]

Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

Aerial photo: City Of Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

David J. Phillip/AP This March 18, 2019, file photo shows firefighters battling the massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC).

The company testing the water supply detected the dangerous chemical on March 31.

The company testing Deer Park’s drinking water supply in the aftermath of the massive fire at a petrochemical facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) detected a trace amount … [more…]

Shallow Waters

Shallow Waters

In a warmer world, the fight for water can push nations apart — or bring them together

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Already hot and arid, and growing hotter, the booming, heavily Latino region depends almost entirely on the shriveling Rio Grande for water. Considered one of the most endangered rivers in North America, the Rio Grande provides drinking … [more…]

Texas Mussel Watch: Texas Freshwater Mussel Biology

artwork: freshwater mussels rely on key fish species to reproduce and clean aquatic ecosystems

Freshwater mussels, the vacuum cleaners of the aquatic ecosystem, feed by filtering algae and small particles from the water. Larvae are released by the female mussel and must locate a certain fish species or die. They usually attach to the host fish’s gills or fins where they remain for a few weeks or months. Larval mussels rarely harm infected fish under natural conditions. When they become juveniles, they drop back … [more…]

United States: Widespread water surpluses WI to TX & NY to GA

Map: forecast water surpluses and deficits in the USA

18 December 2018

THE BIG PICTURE

The 12-month forecast ending August 2019 indicates significant blocks of water surplus in three regions: the East Coast from southern New Hampshire through North Carolina; much of Texas into Oklahoma and Kansas; and Iowa and southern Wisconsin. Surpluses are expected to be extreme to exceptional in the heart of Texas surrounding the Edwards Plateau, eastern Pennsylvania, and coastal North Carolina around Wilmington.

With the … [more…]