Uranium-contaminated site collapses into Detroit River

Photo: uranium-contaminated materials spilled into Detroit River (November 2019)

A Detroit property contaminated with uranium and other dangerous chemicals partially collapsed into the Detroit River on Nov. 26, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has confirmed.

The news is especially concerning because the Detroit drinking water intake lines are nearby downriver.

Located next to Historic Fort Wayne and leased by Detroit Bulk Storage, the site known as the Detroit Dock allegedly collapsed under the weight of … [more…]

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium, located in the heart of the nation’s largest estuary, is bringing back estuarine landscapes to Baltimore City.

This blog was written by Charmaine Dahlenburg, Manager of the National Aquarium’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Photo © PAUL BURK

Estuaries are necessary for the health of people and the planet. They capture and filter stormwater runoff, reduce effects of flooding, prevent shoreline erosion and provide habitat for fish, birds, mammals … [more…]

Sunscreen chemicals in water may harm fish embryos

photo: sunset over the ocean. Sunscreen chemicals in water may harm fish embryos

Photo: CC0 Public Domain

A painful sunburn can ruin a vacation, and too much sun can also lead to more serious problems like premature skin aging and melanoma. Therefore, manufacturers have added ultraviolet (UV) filters to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and makeup.

Scientists have detected these substances in the environment, but most studies have concluded that individual sunscreen chemicals are not present at high-enough levels to harm … [more…]

‘Shark in the cage!’ Shaq pulled from water after predator wiggles through bars

photo: great white shark appears for shark week. 'Shark in the cage!' Shaq pulled from water after predator wiggles through bars of enclosure

Photo: caught on camera: ‘Largest’ great white ever filmed in the wild

Shaquille "Shaq" O’Neal was temporarily trapped inside a 12-foot-tall enclosure with a shark after the curious creature wiggled its way through the metal bars during the filming of a television show.

Divers rushed to Shaq, star of Discovery Channel’s "Shaq Does Shark Week" segment Sunday, and he was pulled from the water seconds later. "I survived a shark … [more…]