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As part of President Trump's executive order to review "job-killing regulations," the Environmental Protection Agency last month asked for the public's input on what to streamline or cut. It held a series of open-mic meetings and set up a website that has received more than 28,000 comments, many of ...
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Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river’s volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping the region si...
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The events in the past few years in Michigan, culminating in a public health disaster, have finally turned a public spotlight on what has been happening in my home state. Perhaps it’s where we are in history that these events have been not only uncovered, but broadcast electronically...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents o...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Independence Day is one of block parties, barbecues, icy cold drinks, sparklers, noisemakers, fireworks, and therefore, a ton of trash. Here are a couple things to keep in mind before, during, and after your July 4th fun: 1. If you are going out in the wilderness, to a parade, or off to the beach, ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
For more than 20 years, countries across the globe have observed World Water Day on March 22 to draw attention to the precious nature of the world's water supply. To mark World Water Day, the United Nations is highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development an...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Water bottles, drinking fountains, toilet trips and hand washing – in manyschools, it is easy to take clean water for granted. Yet the United Nations estimates that at least 780 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water – more than 2.5 times the population ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potenti...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Not surprisingly, the largest market for bottled water is here in the United States. In 2007, Americans purchased 8.8 billion gallons of water and bottled water sales netted a hefty $11.7 billion. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, bottled water costs 240 to over 10,000 times more p...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In 1982, complying with a federal court order stemming from a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, finally issued regulations governing toxic pollution discharges under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Industry polluters had used political clout to delay those regul...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Last month I had the opportunity to visit Dillingham, Alaska — a town with no traffic lights, no movie theatres, and a population that could fit comfortably in a single New York City high-rise. I had to fly there, because no roads lead to Dillingham. Although the town isn’t quite the western edge of...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
  We all have a responsibility to think about the environment, and protecting the planet is just one of our daily duties. Your home is the only place you have total control over, so it's time for you to consider how you can cut back on your carbon footprint. Whether it's natural Essentia mattr...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
More than 98 percent of Texas is in some level of abnormal dryness as spring arrives, conditions that could set drought records and lead to severe water restrictions in some regions of the state. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center in L...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
As President Barack Obama prepares to take the oath of office for the second time, he has promised that climate change will be a priority in his second term. The chances that significant climate action will actually happen, however, remain slim, policy experts say. "I always have hope, but it is so...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
  Two years ago British Petroleum had an accident in the Gulf of Mexico causing millions of gallons of oil to spill into the gulf. There was lying, hundreds of lawsuits and a major lack of leadership. Today there is some justice. BP, said Thursday that it would pay $4.5 billion in fines and...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The EPA has declared water, the substance the Clean Water Act was created to protect, a pollutant - and it is getting the federal government dragged into court. How so?  They are requiring Fairfax County, Virginia, to artificially control the flow of water in Accotink Creek watershed beca...
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by Amelia Templeton The House Transportation Committee has approved a bill exempting logging roads from federal storm water pollution regulation. Dirt and gravel roads can alter the natural plumbing of a forest, channeling mud into streams. In the past, the EPA left it to the states to regulate se...
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