Groundwater Contamination due to MTBE

MTBE Contamination in Groundwater: Sources and Behavior By Leigh Horton, staff writer for Save The Water™ | June 12, 2017 Introduction This report synthesizes information about the effects of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) on groundwater and public drinking wells. It is based solely on a literature review of relevant materials from predominantly American organizations […]

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Scientists Develop a Method to Warn of Toxic Algae Blooms Before They Develop

By William Young, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | February 3, 2017 Scientists have found more than one way to determine when a harmful algae bloom will occur. With these advancements water ecosystems will be even more protected. Algae bloom is a natural process that occurs when an abundance of nutrients enters an area […]

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Florida’s Algal Blooms

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | September 6, 2016 Florida has been experiencing a rather serious water crisis as of late, one that has the danger of causing widespread disaster for the region. Most people are describing it as a “guacamole-like sludge” that is due to faulty political and economic decisions […]

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Trichloropropane (TCP)

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | August 5, 2016 History of Trichloropropane In the 1940s, there were numerous agricultural divisions that sold products to farmers in hopes of getting a profit. Two of these agricultural divisions, Dow Chemical and Shell, had begun to sell two soil fumigants (under the product name of […]

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Unknown Chemicals are Contaminating the Baltic Sea

By Taylor Schaefer, Publishing Project Leader for Save The Water™ | July 23, 2016 Irresponsible disposal of toxic chemicals In the aftermath of World War II, Britain and the Soviet Union dumped 65,000 tons of Nazi chemical weapons into the Baltic Sea after the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Many of the hazardous known and unknown […]

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Newburgh State of Emergency Highlights PFOS as Growing Concern

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 27, 2016 State of Emergency in Newburgh A state of emergency was declared in Newburgh, New York, after the New York State Department of Conservation discovered the toxic chemical perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in the lake that supplies the city with drinking water.1 City manager […]

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Perchlorate Contamination of Water

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 27, 2016 Fireworks are true works of art. People usually enjoy fireworks because they invoke joy and a sense of excitement as the fireworks go off in the dark sky. Unfortunately, this enjoyment takes a toll on the environment; our beloved fireworks are polluters […]

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Endocrine Disruptors Found in the West Virginia and Pennsylvania Water

One study completed by a team from Duke University, found elevated levels of chloride, bromide, manganese, strontium, and barium, which are all known to exist within fracking wastewater, in a touristic waterway known as Wolf Creek in West Virginia (Fragoso 2016). Another study, completed by a team from the United States Geological Survey, found elevated levels of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) also at Wolf Creek (Fragoso 2016).

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Contamination From Nuclear Power Plant Threatens Major South Florida Aquifer

A recent study commissioned by Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) found that the old cooling canal system at the FPL Turkey Point facility was leaking polluted water into Biscayne Bay.

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New Graphene-Based Technology Enhances Future of Water Purification

Recently, a new breakthrough was made in graphene-based water treatment when a research team at Monash University and University of Kentucky created a viscous form of graphene oxide that can be spread with a blade.

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Oil Sheen Found near Power Station on Potomac River

Oil sheens occur in conjunction with oil spills. Sheens are rainbow-colored films that form on the surface of water when oil is discharged, and indicate contamination in the water. While oil sheens may sound benign, they can be as deleterious as oil spills themselves.

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Methane Contamination of Drinking Water Accompanying Gas-Well Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing

Directional drilling and hydraulic-fracturing technologies are dramatically increasing natural-gas extraction. In aquifers overlying the Marcellus and Utica shale formations of northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York, we document systematic evidence for methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale-gas extraction.

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