Water
Under the Pavement, the Streams!

Under the Pavement, the Streams!

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Washington D.C. is wedged between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and their tributaries once ran through the city as well. Silver Spring was once an actual stream, and people swam in creeks in the city center. But as D.C. developed, about 70% of those waterways stopped existing as natural bodies of […]

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Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

Government Declares Unprecedented Colorado River Water Shortage

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   For the first time in history, the federal government has declared a water shortage on the Colorado River after drought pushed the Lake Mead reservoir to all-time lows. The declaration triggers mandatory water consumption cuts for several Southwestern states. The reservoir and the Colorado river supply drinking water to over 40 […]

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Georgia Wins Water Battle as Environmentalists Allege Ecosystem Threats

Georgia Wins Water Battle as Environmentalists Allege Ecosystem Threats

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   A judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to revise plans for dam operations along the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers, a contentious win for Georgia in a series of ongoing battles over water between it and neighboring states. The decision comes after environmental groups, […]

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160k Miles of Rivers Could Lose Free-Flowing Status Due to Hydropower

160k Miles of Rivers Could Lose Free-Flowing Status Due to Hydropower

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published in the journal Global Sustainability has revealed that over 160,000 miles of rivers are at risk of losing their free-flowing status due to recent hydroelectric projects. The Amazon, Congo, and Salween rivers could all be severed by newly proposed hydropower dams. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that these dams […]

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Florida Sues HRK Holdings for Piney Point Spill

Florida Sues HRK Holdings for Piney Point Spill

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After the Piney Point wastewater reservoir dumped 215 million gallons of contaminated water into Tampa Bay in March, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against the reservoir’s owner, HRK Holdings. The state agency alleges environmental negligence at the former phosphate processing plant, making a case against […]

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Residents Cautiously Hopeful as Waste Water Program Is Introduced in Alabama

Residents Cautiously Hopeful as Waste Water Program Is Introduced in Alabama

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the nation’s largest-ever infrastructure package makes waves in Congress, a smaller project is making waves in Lowndes County, Alabama. One hundred seventy-five homes are slated to receive new septic systems in the coming months, thanks to the Lowndes County Unincorporated Wastewater Project (LCUWP). About 80% of the region’s residents lack […]

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