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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Industrial Lubricant Could Be Key to Killing Harmful Bacteria in Water

Article courtesy of Staff of Stanford Magazine | October 28th, 2016 | Stanford Magazine | Shared as educational material. A materials science and engineering lab at Stanford University recently issued a paper showing how a certain common industrial lubricant can produce chemicals that kill bacteria in the water. Led by Professor Yi Cui, the scientists […]

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Perfluorinated Compounds Persist at Whidbey Island Water

Article courtesy of the Dyer Oxley | December 15th, 2016 | MyNorthwest.com Writer | Shared as educational material. Recently, in Whidbey Island, Washington, the Navy found toxic levels of a firefighting chemical named Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS) in water used for drinking. After 2002, PFAS are no longer used to make Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), […]

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Meat Producing Industry Asked to Decrease Pollution Output

Article courtesy of Peak Johnson | November 29th, 2016 | Water Online | Shared as educational material. Investors of the nation’s largest meat producing companies are requesting that the industry reduce water pollution in the areas of processing, packaging, and slaughtering. The investors wrote asking the companies to analyze the pollution impacts of their operations […]

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Lakes, Reservoirs, and other Water Sources Continue to Suffer in China

Article courtesy of Reuters | November 18th, 2016 | Fortune | Shared as educational material. Despite commitments to crack down on polluters, the quality of water in rivers, lakes and reservoirs in several regions has deteriorated significantly. In recently published documents, inspectors found that a fifth of the water in the Yangtze’s feeder rivers in […]

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Gypsum Power Plant Waste May be Useful in Combating Runoff

Article courtesy of Sara Jerome | November 25th, 2016 | Water Online | Shared as educational material. New studies are looking to use the waste product of coal-fired power plants, called gypsum, to combat water pollution from fertilizer runoff. As scientists point out, the calcium in the material binds with phosphate creating a compound that […]

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South Florida’s Murky Water Management

Article courtesy of The News-Press Editorial Board | April 27, 2016 | The News-Press | Shared as educational material. How to solve the water pollution problem in South Florida keeps getting more complicated. Economic, political, and industrial inefficacy prevent finding solutions for many of Florida’s water systems, including the infamous Lake Okeechobee. Water storage projects […]

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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 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 associate […]

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South Florida’s Murky Water Management: Who is to Blame?

Article courtesy of The News-Press Editorial Board | April 27, 2016 | The News-Press | Shared as educational material. The issue of how to solve the water pollution problem in Florida is getting more complicated as the days go by. Specifically, agricultural lands are affecting water quality as the runoff is filled with nitrogen and […]

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Other Cities Have the Same Water Issues as Flint

Article Courtesy of Jason K. | July 16th, 2016 | Augusta Free Press | Published as Educational Material Flint isn’t the only city that has a dire water pollution problem. There are over 5,300 other water systems around the country that have “either shirked responsibilities to treat their water supplies to reduce lead levels, failed […]

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Villagers are Put at Risk due to Trash Dumping into Lake Tai

Article Courtesy of Staff of South China Morning Post | July 11th, 2016 | South China Morning Post | Published as Educational Material The drinking water for Suzhou is threatened due to contamination of Lake Tai by twelve thousand tonnes of rubbish. Unfortunately, officials can’t deduce what exactly is in the garbage that has been […]

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J-WAFS Lab Looks to Make a Real Change in the Water Sector

Article courtesy of Vivian Zhong and Renee Robins | May 8th, 2016 | Fair Observer | Shared as educational material. Vivian Zhong, a MIT undergraduate, recently interviewed a researcher at Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), Renee Robins. The lab funds projects such as the development of a nanosensor for contaminant […]

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