Chemical Contamination at U.S. Naval Bases

Article courtesy of Sara Jerome | August 1, 2016 | Water Online | Shared as educational material. The United States Navy has been under pressure from former staff members on the topic of water contamination on bases. Staffers claim that the water on the naval bases was contaminated by perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, to a […]

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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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Dissemination of Drinking Water Contamination Data to Consumers: A Systematic Review of Impact on Consumer Behaviors

Drinking water contaminated by chemicals or pathogens is a major public health threat in the developing world. Responses to this threat often require water consumers (households or communities) to improve their own management or treatment of water. One approach hypothesized to increase such positive behaviors is increasing knowledge of the risks of unsafe water through the dissemination of water contamination data. This paper reviews the evidence for this approach in changing behavior and subsequent health outcomes.

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Comparison of Bacterial Communities in Sands and Water at Beaches with Bacterial Water Quality Violations

This study supports the growing evidence that community-based molecular tools can be leveraged to identify the sources and potential impact of fecal pollution in the environment, and furthermore suggests that a more diverse bacterial community in beach sand and water may reflect a less contaminated site and better water quality.

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8 Trillion Microbeads Wash into our Waterways Every Day with Devastating Consequences

Exfoliating body washes and lotions can make your skin feel smooth and supple. But when these products rinse off your body and wash down the drain, some of them turn into an environmental nightmare.

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Contaminants Found In Water Samples

Water from samples taken on Nobska Road in Falmouth, MA, tested beyond the allowed legal limit of trihalomethanes, which are byproducts from disinfection chemicals used in the town’s water supply.

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Old Gasoline Leak Puts Mora City Water at Risk; MPCA Rests Cleanup Technology

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will test petroleum cleanup technologies at the former Town & Country Oil site in Mora in an effort to continue preventing contaminants from migrating to nearby city water wells. Gasoline and diesel fuel leaked into the ground at the site, located at the southwest corner of Maple Avenue and Highway 65, some 15 years ago.

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Water Pollution a Concern in Springs Surrounding New Florence Landfill

An environmental advocacy group in the Shoals found a concerning level of pollution in springs that line the new Florence landfill.

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Mines Leave Toxic Legacy

When millions of gallons of wastewater poured into the Animas River in August, people watched in horror as the river turned orange, then continued flowing into the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River.

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Veterans Group to Seek Information on Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

A group of veteran advocates is banding together to seek information from a VA program that looked at healthcare claims related to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

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Microbeads Found in Personal Care Products Troublesome for Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River

From hand soaps to facial cleansers, shoppers can find a variety of personal care products armed with tiny exfoliating microbeads in department stores nowadays. These little beads, however, don’t simply disappear from existence once they’ve circled the shower drain. According to researchers, they aren’t so easily filtered through wastewater treatment plants on Great Lake shores, and they end up going straight into the water, causing contamination and affecting wildlife.

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In Minnesota’s Farm Country, Clean Water is Costly

Taxpayers spent nearly $125 million last year to clean up Minnesota lakes, streams and groundwater contaminated by farming, according to a Star Tribune analysis of state and federal budget data that highlight agriculture’s increasingly prominent role as a source of water pollution.

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