Article Courtesy of Sabrina Canfield | November 18th, 2016 | Courthouse News | Published as Educational Material Increasing contamination in Mississippi River and a portion of Gulf of Mexico into which it flows, needs urgent attention as nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants has created fish kills and unsuitable water for aquatic life. The Environmental Protection Agency […]
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 […]
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 Unfortunately, these outdated systems have a high rate of failure and contribute to the serious health and environmental issues. A recent study conducted by […]
“The nutrient phosphorus has long been regarded as the key to algal growth in freshwater systems. However our results show that both phosphorus and nitrogen are equally important for growth of algae,” study authors Stefanie Mueller and Simon Mitrovic of Sydney’s University of Technology explained in a statement.
Being green is a point of pride-except when it describes the color of a river, lake or other waters. That green tinge means algae, which can often be harmful algal blooms (HABs) that muck up waters around the United States. Algal blooms arise from a preponderance of nutrients deposited by heavy spring and summer rains that stick around and thrive in the warmer, shallower waters of late summer and fall.
While fertilizers are used to brighten the yard, there are darker consequences that the average Long Islander is unaware of.
Several recent developments offer both urgency and hope regarding the condition of water quality on Long Island. The urgency is underscored by the tens of thousands of bunker baitfish – also called menhaden – that have died recently in the Peconic River and Flanders Bay.
The Nolichucky River runs through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and flows into Tennessee before joining the French Broad River. It is home to a variety of wildlife and is an integrated part of the communities that reside alongside it. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, claim that a five-mile stretch of this river is one of the last habitats for at least three types of endangered mollusks.
A new report says excessive lawn watering and pesticide runoff from homes is threatening drinking water, bays and harbors, by increasing the levels of nitrogen, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Monday.
An important food resource has been disappearing from streams without anyone noticing until now. Ecologists reports that nutrient pollution causes a significant loss of forest-derived carbon from stream ecosystems, reducing the ability of streams to support aquatic life.
Scientists are closer to figuring out just why Lake San Marcos in San Diego, California, is sometimes swimming in noxious algae blooms. The lake is contaminated with nutrients — nitrogen and phosphorous — that reduce oxygen levels and fuel the growth of algae in the water. The blooms have plagued the private 80-acre lake for years, and in 2010 led to a public and private effort to study the problem and come up with solutions.
Farmers and the regional council need to work together to clean up some of the worst water in Otago, Pomahaka residents have been told. Pomahaka Farmers Water Care Group chairman Lloyd McCall told those gathered at the West Otago Community Centre the group was a way for the community to come together and work with the Otago Regional Council to collectively lift the quality of water in the area.