Road Salt Threatens to Salinize North American Freshwater

By Madeline Gressman, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | May 10, 2017 As springtime thaws the country, many are sighing with relief as frost rescinds and flowers begin to bloom. However, as the snow and ice melt away, few realize the lasting impact the winter season will have on the future of neighboring fresh […]

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California Water Conditions in the Coming Year of 2017

Article courtesy of Tara Lohan | January 6th, 2017 | News Deeply | Shared as educational material. California must deal with several water challenges in the coming year, including the failure to provide safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents, the state of the snowpack that provides water, conversations with other states about […]

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Coastlines Around the U.S. Holds Hidden Water Pollution

Article Courtesy of Pam Frost Gorder | August 4th, 2016 | Ohio State University | Published as Educational Material Salt water has long been known to mix with freshwater around coastlines, but the precise measurements of how much and where was never ascertained. Now, an investigation has shown that a higher than normal percent of […]

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Manchar River in Kaarachi Faces Water Crisis

Article Courtesy of Hafeez Tunio | August 9th, 2016 | The Express Tribune | Published as Educational Material One of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes, the Manchar river in Kaarachi is heavily polluted due to water contamination. Most of the people living nearby have diets consisting of varieties of fish or have jobs that are dependent […]

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Freshwater Ecosystems Suffer due to Human Activity

Article courtesy of Tara Martin, Jonathan Rhodes, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle | May 8th, 2016 | The Conversation | Shared as educational material. Freshwater is extremely important as a source of water for humans in more ways than one. Currently, more than 40% of the world’s workforce is dependent of freshwater meaning that freshwater is an important […]

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Phosphorus Pollution and its Solutions

Article courtesy of Elsevier | July 27, 2016 | R&D Magazine | Shared as educational material. Phosphorus contamination has been one of the most serious issues to affect our water. It has been known to cause a number of ecological issues, including toxic algal blooms, a decrease in biodiversity, and increased health risks for plants, […]

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Contamination of Water Resources by Pathogenic Bacteria

Providing a broader perceptive of pathogen contamination in freshwater (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, groundwater) and saline water (estuaries and coastal waters) resources, this review paper attempts to develop the first comprehensive single source of existing information on pathogen contamination in multiple types of water resources.

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Water Scarcity and the United Nations

Water scarcity has long been an issue for human existence. Over 1.2 billion people, on all of the continents, live in regions termed “areas of physical scarcity”. Five hundred million additional people are approaching the same situation. Another 1.6 billion people face an economic shortage. The water that isn’t in shortage isn’t as innocent as it seems, either. Inadequate sanitation is a major problem for over 2.4 billion people around the world, giving prevalence to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and other water-borne illnesses (Scarcity, Decade, Water for Life).

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Infographic: California Freshwater Withdrawals

A breakdown of how California’s water is used, from fracking and Nestle’s bottling plant to almonds and lawns. Most of the water that California withdraws from its rivers, lakes, and aquifers goes to agriculture. California is the nation’s top farm state, and 77 percent of freshwater withdrawals are used to grow a bounty of almonds, oranges, lettuce, strawberries, and tomatoes, among dozens of other produce aisle staples.

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Groundwater Facts

Groundwater is the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Each drop of rain that soaks into the soils moves downward to the water table, which is the water level in the groundwater reservoir.

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System to Turn Wastewater into Fresh Water Developed

Dr. Jianmin Wang, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, has developed multiple wastewater treatment technologies that produce freshwater that is not only cleaner than wastewater treated using traditional methods, but also requires less maintenance and energy. Additionally, his inventions can be used to retrofit existing wastewater treatment plants.

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Why are there no True freshwater Protected Areas in Australia?

Freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, lakes and wetlands are precious. They contain several-times more vertebrate speciesper unit area than land and ocean environments, and they are more degraded.

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