Latest Water quality News

Bigelow Laboratory developing test to find toxins in mussels

Oct. 27, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine lab is set to receive about $900,000 in federal funding to research a new method of detecting potentially harmful toxins in mussels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Coastal Ocean Science awarded the money to Bigelow Laboratory...

Failure to report contamination site labeled an 'oversight'

Oct. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 2015 report identified hazardous substances on the site of the Sheboygan Municipal Armory near Lake Michigan, but contamination was only recently reported to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the request of state environmental regulators. Now, the DNR is directing the...

Boat sewage pumpout grants will help keep state waters clean

Oct. 25, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is awarding $37,500 in matching grants to help make state coastal waters cleaner. The grants funded under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act will help communities invest in boat sewage pumpout facilities...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

32 Union College students sickened by diarrheal illness

Oct. 24, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — At least 32 students at an upstate New York college have been diagnosed with a diarrheal illness commonly linked to contaminated lakes, streams and wells. The Union College students tested positive for giardiasis, while other students showed symptoms of the intestinal disease,...

Clean water fund set up after South Carolina gas spill suit

Oct. 24, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county will benefit from $1.5 million secured by environmental groups in a lawsuit over one of the largest gas pipeline spills in state history. The Southern Environmental Law Center announced the settlement Friday, the Greenville News reported. The money is...

Permit could set less water testing at Ogeechee River plant

Oct. 24, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) — Environmentalists are protesting a proposal to loosen testing requirements for water discharged from a Georgia textile plant. The Savannah Morning News reports that Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has proposed less stringent testing for Milliken & Co.'s Longleaf Plant...

St. Croix River in good health though pollution threats loom

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Croix River is still in good health but is facing pollution threats, according to two new reports. Popular for its scenic beauty and recreation opportunities for boaters and anglers, the St. Croix remains one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River, thanks in...

Foam blankets a portion of the Pinheiros River in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Affected by domestic sewage and solid wastes discharges for years, Sao Paulo's state government is again trying to clean the Pinheiros River, considered one of the most polluted in Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

In Brazil's richest city, works to clean a filthy river

Oct. 23, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Pinheiros River that runs through the heart of Sao Paulo makes its pollution known with a miasma that wafts across city streets, choking rich and poor alike. It’s an unwelcome feature of the city that is also Brazil’s wealthiest and the financial heart of Latin America. ...

Officials mark completion of Navajo water treatment plant

Oct. 22, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

DZILTH-NA-O-DITH-HLE, N.M. (AP) — Construction is complete on a water treatment plant that will help provide the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas with a clean and reliable source of drinking water. Years in the making, the project is the result of a settlement agreement over water rights in the San...