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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Plastic Pollution in Great Lakes Just One Example of Nonpoint Source Pollution

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | January 28, 2017 Plastic pollution plagues the Great Lakes region and is just one example of the difficulty in addressing the source instead of the symptoms. One of the most important aspects in treating water contamination is determining and targeting the source. As author Frank […]

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Ocean Acidification: Local Solutions for a Global Problem

By April Day, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | January 26, 2017 The ocean is undergoing chemical reactions that impact marine life and humans. Local communities cannot stop these reactions but can slow and manage its effects, in part, by supporting approaches informed by science. What is ocean acidification? The term “ocean acidification” refers […]

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Contamination Detection Method Could Better Determine Sources of Pollution

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | December 18, 2016 Water contamination treatment and alleviating the detrimental effects of water contamination are two of the most pressing issues the United States currently faces. Mitigating the effect we have on water–-and the effects water has on us–-is essential to improvements in our communities. […]

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New water treatment technology can seek-and-destroy harmful pathogens

By Kimberly Sung, Associate Director of Education for Save the Water | December 15th, 2016 In recent years, harmful bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) have been responsible for high-profile outbreaks of illness and even death. Though cases of infection often arise from food sources, further investigation reveals contaminated water as […]

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Uranium Contamination of Water in the United States

Abandoned uranium mines continue to contaminate water sources, posing health risks to Native American communities. By Suraj Rajendran, Research Project Leader for Save The Water™ | November 10, 2016 Often times, in the times following one water crisis, others are overshadowed and often forgotten. One of these forgotten water issues is the contamination in Navajo […]

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Chemical Can Alleviate Salt Stress Caused by Fracking

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | November 19, 2016 A recent study identified Ferric hexacyanoferrate, or Prussian blue, as a possible solution to brine spills caused by fracking. Fracking as an energy source The global need for energy sources is clear. However, there has been much disagreement over the energy sources […]

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New Detection Method for Human-Made Chemicals

By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | November 21, 2016 Many Americans generally envision water pollutants as toxic sludge seeping from industrial wastelands, but that is simply not the entire truth. While industrial runoff contributes to the pollution of lake and river ecosystems, much of water pollution lies in aspects we wouldn’t […]

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Venice: A Historic City Facing Modern Contamination

By Kimberly Sung, Education Project Leader for Save the Water™ | November 3, 2016 Venice, “the Floating City,” was built in the 5th century over 118 low-lying saltmarshes in the Venetian Lagoon, which is located along the northeastern shore of Italy. The city developed from a series of smaller communities that, over time, became unified […]

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PFAs: Toxins for 6 Million People

By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer at Save the Water™ | October 27th, 2016 A recent study has shown that over six million Americans are using drinking water supplies that contain perilous levels of industrial chemicals, most of which are carcinogenic and can cause a myriad of health problems. What are these high-risk chemicals? They are […]

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Reducing Nitrate Contamination of Water with Wood Chips and Bacteria

By Mariah Davidson, Research Project Leader of Save the Water™ | September 13, 2016 Large amounts of water are used to produce crops in the United States. Farms are designed with drainage tiles to remove the excess water from the fields and keep crops from becoming waterlogged. However, when water is drained from the fields, […]

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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 has come about due to faulty political and […]

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