By Taylor Schaefer, Writing Project Leader of Save the Water™, August 16, 2016 Long Island, New York has a long history of using septic tanks and cesspool systems for waste removal. Unfortunately, these outdated systems have a high rate of failure and contribute to serious health and environmental issues. A recent study conducted by The […]
By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | August 19, 2016 Iron-removing bacteria are instrumental tools in the decontamination of areas of acidic mine runoff called acid mine drainage sites. These bacteria oxidize ferrous iron, making them useful tools in mine sanitization (Bioclear Microbial Analysis, 2016). Despite their usefulness, iron-removing bacteria are only […]
By Taylor Schaefer, Publishing Project Leader for Save The Water™ | July 23, 2016 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 chemicals contained in the weapons […]
By Taylor Schaefer, Publishing Project Leader for Save The Water™ | June 29, 2016 News of water contamination in New York, West Virginia, and Michigan have received a significant amount of national attention this year; however, these are not the only places in the country suffering from dangerous levels of pollution. The West Morgan-East Lawrence […]
By Suraj Rajendran, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 27, 2016 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. City manager Michael Ciaravino called the state […]
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. That’s right. Our beloved fireworks […]
By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save The Water™ | June 24, 2016 As the days get longer and the sun gets brighter, the word “summer” becomes more and more prevalent, and with the word “summer” comes the word “beach.” The cool water, the soft sand, and the ocean air hold a certain allure that […]
A new study conducted by Ph.D. students at Duke University this Apri, discovered high levels of ammonium, selenium, and lead in brine-laden wastewater linked to hydraulic fracturing in the Bakken region of North Dakota.
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).
As coal continues to be a primary energy source in the United States, the question remains: how do we deal with all the toxic byproduct we get from burning it?
A joint Yale University and University of Virginia study published in 2008 concluded that the Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia spp.) contains special properties that allow the plant to naturally filter out certain water contaminants (Miller et al., 2008). Dr. Norma Alcantar and her team at the University of South Florida have also studied this relationship and found similar results.
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.