Stories about Water

August 7, 2019

A Fourth of the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Shortages

According to a newly released report from the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, a quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress. The reasons behind the water crises go deeper than...

July 30, 2019

Clean Water Emerging as A Top Tier Campaign Issue

Last week, Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand made safe drinking water a key environmental plank in their campaigns.  Harris promised to work for passage of her “Water Justice Act” that would invest nearly $220 billion in clean and safe drinking water...

July 16, 2019

Here We Go Again: Harmful Algal Bloom Forms in Lake Erie

As has happened every year since 2002 starting in mid-July, a sizeable and harmful algal bloom has now formed in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, and NOAA on Monday issued a bulletin that the bloom “extends from Maumee Bay up to 13 miles north along the Michigan...

June 30, 2019

New Study Find Water Underwater

Using high tech equipment usually employed to find oil and gas resources under the seabed, researchers have found another precious natural resource — a huge freshwater aquifer stretching from the coast of Massachusetts to New Jersey.  The brackish (somewhat...

June 11, 2019

2019 Gulf Dead Zone Could Set Records

The Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that results from staggering levels of upstream nitrogen released from farms and other sources. The nitrogen then kills marine life and creates toxic...

May 29, 2019

One Alarming Thing: Plastic Particles Found In Rainwater

It’s raining plastic!  A recent study of the chemical composition of rain in the Boulder to Denver corridor and in the mountains of Colorado that was conducted by a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey produced some surprising and disturbing results —...

May 21, 2019

One Million CA Residents Exposed to Dirty Drinking Water

The NY Times published a blistering exposé yesterday, in which it reported that “more than 300 public water systems in California serve unsafe drinking water, according to public compliance data compiled by the California State Water Resources Control...

May 14, 2019

Two-Thirds of World’s Longest Rivers Don’t Flow Freely Anymore

by Yoel Fessahaye  The largest-ever study on global hydrology has discovered that only 37% of the longest rivers (longer than 600 miles) remain free-flowing and 23% flow uninterrupted to the ocean. As National Geographic explains, rivers are the lifeblood of our...