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Des Moines faces extreme measures to find clean water

From the AP, July 4, 2021. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the dim light just after dawn, Bill Blubaugh parks his Des Moines Water Works pickup truck, grabs a dipper and a couple plastic bottles and walks down a boat ramp to the Raccoon River, where he scoops up samples from a waterway that […]

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Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

From the American Chemical Society, March 23, 2021. When toxic pesticides break down in the environment, the threat they may pose to aquatic life does not simply disappear—instead, they spawn a deluge of derivatives known as transformation products, which can be just as toxic as their parent molecules. An extensive environmental survey of pesticide transformation […]

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How Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water

From Consumer Reports, December 3, 2020. The oil and gas extraction technique threatens water in North Dakota and elsewhere, but activists are fighting back Lisa Finley-DeVille started drinking bottled water around the same time her friend’s horses began to get sick and die. A half decade ago on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western […]

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Fipronil, a common insecticide, disrupts aquatic communities in the U.S.

From the Colorado State University, October 2020. The presence of insecticides in streams is increasingly a global concern, yet information on safe concentrations for aquatic ecosystems is sometimes sparse. A new study — led by Colorado State University’s Janet Miller and researchers at the United States Geological Survey — found a common insecticide, fipronil, and […]

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Environmentalists and Dam Operators, at War for Years, Start Making Peace

From the New York Times, October 13, 2020. Facing a climate crisis, environmental groups and industry agree to work together to bolster hydropower while reducing harm from dams. WASHINGTON — The industry that operates America’s hydroelectric dams and several environmental groups announced an unusual agreement Tuesday to work together to get more clean energy from […]

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Thirsting for Solutions to America’s Water Crisis

From Consumer Reports, September 15, 2020. Aging infrastructure, legacy pollution, and emerging contaminants bring an urgent focus to the quality of the water we drink Once a week, Florencia Ramos makes a special trip to the R-N Market in Lindsay, Calif. “If you don’t have clean water, you have to go get some,” says Ramos, […]

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Tainted Wells in the Dairy State

From Capital & Main, August 19, 2020. When Nancy and Lynn Utesch moved their family to Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, in 2004, they didn’t realize they would have to fight to have safe drinking water in their community. At the time, they were aware of the health risks that came with living too close to a […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Use Of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

From WUWM, January 21, 2020 Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foams, in an effort to curtail groundwater pollution. The measure passed in both the state Assembly and Senate. The topic generated heated discussion in the Senate, especially from Democrats. Read the article.

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