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The Hudson River has been one of America’s most important waterways but throughout the 20th century, it turned into a sewer for industrial waste (most notoriously when GE spent years cleaning up the toxic PCB it dumped in the river). However, as the Guardian reported, last June, researchers were shocked to discover some startling evidence of the river’s belated recovery: in searching for one of only 450 adult Atlantic sturgeons in the Hudson the team spotted the outline of an enormous 14ft, 80 year-old female sturgeon that indicated the health of the river is bouncing back. John Cronin, a fisherman turned conservationist and academic told the Guardian that “There’s no question that the Hudson is a cleaner river. There is a lot less pollution now. It’s an environmental success story but it’s an incomplete job, the work isn’t over. It’s not enough to reduce pollution: you need to restore the ecosystem…Right now we need more aggressive and ambitious laws and there is an administration and Congress in DC interested in weaker laws.”
By Elizabeth Love, ODP Contributing Writer Authorities in the Canadian Arctic territory Nunavut, announced a state of emergency this week due to a possible contamination event affecting the City of Iqaluit’s water supply. Tests were performed after residents reported the smell of gasoline coming from their tap water, but they came back clean. However, […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For 40 million people living in the Western US, the Colorado River basin is their source of water supply and last month, the federal government declared a water shortage on the river for the first time. Within the basin, Thirty Native tribes have recognized rights to more than one-fifth […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As water shortages continue to grow in the West, with the Colorado River drying up and the country’s two largest reservoirs at record lows, desalination — the process of taking salt out of salt water — could make ocean water drinkable. And it’s increasingly becoming part of the water […]
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