‘Our water is our diamond’

photo: Minnesota water lilies growing in recovering lakes

Photo: White water lilies bloom in South Center Lake off the shore of Loren’s Park in Center City. Three cities — Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City — are surrounded by the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes. Most of Lindstrom’s 3.5 square miles lie within the shoreland district. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR

As urban and rural conservation practices improve water quality, two lakes in the Chisago Lakes Chain of

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The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

ED: reprinted from 2018 for its still-current relevance.

Colorado River water held back by the Hoover Dam. IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK / ROCKET PHOTOS – HQ STOCK

An hour’s drive from Las Vegas stands America’s Hoover Dam, a commanding barrier of concrete holding back the trillions of gallons of Colorado River water held inside Lake Mead.

The dam is a proud place, built by thousands of hands and with 5 million barrels … [more…]

As Feds Weaken Wetlands Rules, Locals Eye Greater Protections For Otter Creek Swamps

photo: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from Vermont's wetlands program.

Photo, from left: Marc Lapin of Middlebury College, along with Tina Heath, Charlie Hohn and Zapata Courage from the state wetlands program. They recently toured the Cornwall swamp section of the Otter Creek wetlands. JOHN DILLON / VPR

The state’s largest wetlands area stretches 15 miles along the Otter Creek in Addison and Rutland counties. Local groups have started talking to the state about how to provide greater protection for … [more…]

Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.

The sudden upwelling of fear wasn’t completely new. The biology student suffered from anxiety in other areas of his life. But this was the first time his own research triggered the feeling.

“Realizing how much microplastic was in tap water and our drinking water really freaked me out,” he … [more…]

Record-setting rain has created a biosolids problem for sewage treatment plants

photo: Biosolid treatment by-products use stalled due to heavy rains

Photo: Record-setting rain in the D.C. area has caused problems for local sewage treatment plants. (Robert Miller/The Washington Post)

Sewage treatment plants throughout the Mid-Atlantic are dealing with a smelly problem: The farmland that typically uses the material that remains after the treatment process as natural fertilizer is saturated from last year’s heavy rains.

That means utilities have to store the biosolids until the farmland dries — and some of

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