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Drinking Water Woes Spread

Drinking Water Woes Spread

The midwestern floods are responsible for a new threat to drinking water supplies, according to the Associated Press the flooding could contaminate more than 1 million private water wells.  The National Ground Water Association, a trade group for the industry that includes well systems, told the AP that “there are 1.1 million private wells in 300 flooded counties in 10 states: Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Kentucky.” 

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Midwest Still Flooded With Complications

Midwest Still Flooded With Complications

Last weekend, Missouri River flood waters in Kansas City overwhelmed city water treatment plants and the City was required by law to notify citizens that their drinking water had failed to meet a state safety standard. 

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Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

Flood Waters in Midwest Drowning Farms and an AF Base

The floods pummeling the Midwest this week could be the last straw for many small farmers and ranchers who were already struggling to make ends meet and then had to deal with the impacts of the President’s trade wars.  The New York Times explained that bankruptcy filings by farmers were up 19 percent last year across the Midwest to their highest level in a decade, and now for many of those farmers, their livestock and land have been washed away. 

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Climate change is affecting snowflakes, become a citizen scientist and measure the impacts!

Climate change is affecting snowflakes, become a citizen scientist and measure the impacts!

In layman’s terms: climate change is causing snowflakes to melt faster and look less pointy and instead more rounded. That’s according to a WNYC report from last year on the research being conducted at Columbia University’s Earth Institute as to how warmer winter air is changing the way snowflakes form. Instead of giving up in […]

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The Midwest Is The Latest Region To Experience Deadly Flooding

Flooding across the Midwest over the weekend caused residents to flee as levees were breached by the rising floodwaters and emergency workers had to use boats to rescue stranded residents of towns along the Platte, Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers, and at least two people have perished.  The rising floodwaters are the aftermath of the massive storm system that pushed through the nation’s midsection on Thursday and Friday, pushing rivers to record flood levels in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, according to the Associated Press. 

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One Drenched Thing: This Winter Was the Wettest Ever

One Drenched Thing: This Winter Was the Wettest Ever

If it felt to you like the rain never ended this winter, you are correct!  According to NOAA, due to “a steady march of snow and rain storms across the country between December 2018 and the end of February 2019 … the contiguous U.S. marked its wettest winter on record.”  How wet was it?  By […]

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California’s drought nearly wiped out but don’t celebrate yet…

California’s drought nearly wiped out but don’t celebrate yet…

California’s exceptionally wet winter has made headlines for flooding and precipitation records yet now it’s being reported that heavy rains have nearly wiped out the state’s 5 years of drought and the trend is expected to continue well into the spring. As the Weather Channel reported a dominant weather pattern featuring a southward dip in […]

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EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

A hearing on Capitol Hill today probed EPA’s failure to set safety standards for a class of toxic chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — also called the “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to break down.  Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned because PFAS has seeped into many public water systems in the United States and globally, especially near and on military bases and industrial sites, exposing millions to these chemicals at dangerous levels and causing health problems in those communities. 

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One cool thing: which town has the best tasting tap water?

One cool thing: which town has the best tasting tap water?

Not all tap water tastes the same, we can certainly say this in DC as this time of year our tap water tastes more like pool water due to a switch in disinfectants. However, according to FOX, every year since 1991, a convention called the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting has been held in Berkeley […]

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Rivers Rising — Flooding Even in Cali

Rivers Rising — Flooding Even in Cali

After days of relentless rain in several counties in Northern California, the Russian River and the Eel River flooded on Wednesday reaching their highest levels in 25 years and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.  Early on Thursday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency for five northern counties because the heavy storms led to the worst flooding in 20 years. 

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Lake Erie Now Has a “Bill of Rights”

Lake Erie Now Has a “Bill of Rights”

On Tuesday, a citizen-led referendum in Toledo to provide Lake Erie a “Bill of Rights” passed by an impressive 61-39 margin, according to the Toledo Blade’s coverage of the unofficial election results.  Yes — you read that right — the Lake now has rights, thanks to a small group of determined citizens in Toledo.  The initiative requires that the Toledo City Charter be amended to provide that the Lake Erie watershed has legal rights to “exist and flourish,” and provides a right for citizens to sue private actors that threaten the Lake’s health.

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LA to recycle 100% of wastewater

LA to recycle 100% of wastewater

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week that L.A. will recycle 100% of its wastewater by 2035 — a major step to expand water recycling and reduce reliance on imported water.

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