Report: Galveston Bay Shows Resiliency, But Some Worrisome Factors

Report: Galveston Bay Shows Resiliency, But Some Worrisome Factors

Photo: Lisa Gonzalez, president and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center, was on Houston Matters to discuss the findings of the 2019 Galveston Bay Report Card. Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media

Galveston Bay is in overall good condition, but the loss of wetlands, along with a slight decline in water quality and sea level rise, are concerning factors, according to the 2019 Galveston Bay Report Card.

The annual report … [more…]

Firefighting foam linked to water contamination across Massachusetts

photo: Firefighting foam linked to PFAS water contamination

State environmental officials are tracking an emerging threat to drinking water across Massachusetts linked to a firefighting foam used at military installations and airports.

“Back in 2012, 2013 we started showing these contaminates” said Dan Santos, director of the Barnstable Department of Public Works.

Testing revealed toxic levels of chemicals in the soil at the county fire and rescue training academy, only a few hundred yards from the town’s watershed. … [more…]

California contemplates water for struggling fish

California contemplates water for struggling fish

In an unprecedented move, the state may require upstream users to cut water use to improve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Billions of gallons of water once flowed out of California’s San Joaquin watershed into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta each year, helping sustain salmon, Delta smelt and steelhead and a vibrant fishing industry. But in recent years, water demand from agriculture and the state’s burgeoning cities has, at … [more…]

Should Rivers Have Rights? A Growing Movement Says It’s About Time

photo: river flowing in mountains.

Inspired by indigenous views of nature, a movement to grant a form of legal “personhood” to rivers is gaining some ground — a key step, advocates say, in reversing centuries of damage inflicted upon the world’s waterways.

The free-flowing Baker River in Chile’s Patagonia region. Permits for a major hydroelectric project on the waterway were revoked in 2014 amid protests. Chile is a land of rivers. Along its narrow 3,000-mile … [more…]