Latest Water quality News

Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom

Aug. 15, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic. Kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

The Latest: State of emergency as Florida battles algae

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Red Ride 5:15 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency across parts of Florida that have been overrun by a toxic algae bloom that is killing fish and emptying beaches and restaurants. Scott is ordering $100,000 for additional scientists to help with...

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

Aug. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking...

5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

Aug. 10, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 10, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year

Aug. 10, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand announced Friday it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up...

Agency looking for chemicals gets samples in Michigan river

Aug. 9, 2018 5:16 PM EDT

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials are looking for chemicals in the Kalamazoo River near a city where residents are being given bottled water after contamination was found in their drinking water supply. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports officials collected 36 water...

EPA delists federal Superfund site in Washington state

Aug. 7, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A federal Superfund site in Vancouver, Washington, has been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List. The Columbian reports the Frontier Hard Chrome site was delisted Monday after the EPA and state officials determined the site required no...

3 years after Colorado mine spill, victims awaiting payment

Aug. 3, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a massive mine spill that polluted rivers in three states, the federal government still has not repaid any of the victims for the millions of dollars in economic damage they claimed. The EPA said this week it is making...