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Cities face dramatic increase in water treatment spending when watersheds are developed

A new global study has found that one in three large cities spend 50 percent more on water treatment costs as a result of damage to the ecological …

Florida's Toxic Algae Blooms Are Visible From Space

The slimy, smelly toxic algae overtaking some waterways in southern Florida is so widespread it can now be seen from space.<p>NASA's Landsat 8 satellite …

Green Infrastructure as Parks: How Need, Design, and Technology Can Make Cities Better | Smart Cities Dive

In my work at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and more recently with the Trust for Public Land, I have been fortunate to be …

Urban Design

Huge toxic algae bloom sickens more than 100 in Utah amid heatwave

A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi river, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year.<p>The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly …

Environmental Health

Toxic Algal Blooms Aren't Just Florida's Problem. And They're On The Rise.

Pollution from agriculture and climate change is closing beaches and contributing to dead zones across the country.<p>By now you may have seen the pictures coming out of many of South Florida’s coastal communities: Many miles of smelly, “guacamole-thick” algal blooms cropping up along beaches and …

Pollution

Tons of trash dumped on edge of Lake Tai might be bad for Suzhou's drinking water, officials say

One resident reported that his or her well has started to stink. [ more › ]

Toxic Algae Bloom In Florida Now Visible From Space

A toxic algae bloom has continued expanding throughout Florida’s lake Okeechobee since May and has also spread through the St. Lucie River estuary …

China’s housing boom has destroyed its biggest cities’ drinking water

More than 70% of the watersheds that supply water to China’s 30 largest cities are severely polluted, threatening the water supply for hundreds of millions of people, a recent report finds.<p>The China Urban Water Blueprint, published Monday (Apr. 18) by The Nature Conservancy, analyzed the 135 …

Water

Where does water go when it doesn't flow?

News Release 15-074<p><b>Study shows how much enters air from plants, soil, surface water</b><p>A serene view of Bear Lake in Utah's Unitas Mountains shows …

USGS Map Reveals Long-Term Changes in America’s Groundwater Quality

<i>Further studies needed to explain contamination trends.</i>Well drillers for Hydro Resources drill a well near Sublette, Kansas, which overlies the …

Water

Rethinking Our Urban Water Supply

David Sedlak is an expert in an area many of us take for granted – our drinking water and sewage systems. In his book, Water 4.0: The Past, Present …

Snorkeling

The rules are set; now WWF-Canada is looking forward to action on Lake Erie phosphorous

Over the last decade we’ve seen an alarming decrease in the water quality of Lake Erie. The biggest issue facing the lake right now is the increasing …

Lake Erie

How Nanotechnology Can Help Us Grow More Food Using Less Energy And Water

Technology Photo credit: Treated with zinc nanoparticles, mung bean plants like these grew larger and produced more beans. Chad …

Farming

Emissions detected from space reveal big polluters

Polluters can no longer hide their emissions of sulphur dioxide by failing to report them. Canadian researchers have found a way to detect that kind …

Watch as the Chicago River is Dyed Green to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Chicago River

Turning Stormwater Runoff Into Everyone's Business

D.C.’s marketplace for stormwater retention credits wasn't taking off, but a new investment could change that.<p>When it rains heavily in D.C., the surrounding ecosystem takes a beating.<p>A full 43 percent of land in the city is impervious to rainwater. As it flows down the streets, it picks up motor …

London needs integrated water management strategy, says report - WWT

<b>Drinking water shortfalls and contaminated flooding caused by sewage overflow are among the risks facing London unless a long-term integrated water</b> …

Water

Most U.S. Flooding Linked to Climate Change

U.S. coastal cities are flooding more often, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. That’s because two-thirds of floods since 1950, measured at …

Hydro dam boom threatens a third of the world's freshwater fish

Plans to build huge dams in the Amazon, Mekong and Congo could devastate freshwater biodiversity in these tropical river basins, say ecologists<p>One third of the world’s freshwater fish are at risk if dozens of large hydroelectric dams are built in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong basins, aquatic …

Hydroelectric Power

Catfish released into the Chicago River to measure water pollution

Earlier this year, a two-year partnership between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and non-profit Friends of the Chicago River instigated …

Chicago River

Why are Earth's lakes heating up so fast?

In the first study of its kind, scientists compared 25-years of data for over half the Earth's lakes and found some disturbing trends that will …

Even In Cities Where It Rains America's Water Infrastructure Is a Mess

<i>It’s not just drought that can wreak havoc on water supply. Even cities with vast freshwater resources are facing urban water catastrophes. A massive</i> …

Mississippi River Mouth Must Be Abandoned to Save New Orleans from Next Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina demolished New Orleans 10 years ago, a grim anniversary to be markednext week. Huge earthen levees dissolved and concrete …

Nearly Every Seabird on Earth Is Eating Plastic

Plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds. The rate is growing steadily as global production of plastics increases.<p>So much plastic trash is flowing into the oceans that 90 percent of seabirds eat it now and virtually every one will be consuming it by 2050. That finding, revealed in a new …

From the Mississippi to the Ganges, river deltas are in major trouble

A river delta is, by definition, a place in flux — coastal land naturally sinks, and is naturally rebuilt by the flow of a vast river that carries in new sediment. Across the globe, from the Amazon to the Nile to the Yangtze, we humans rely on such deltas for the many benefits they bring — access …

Climate Change

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Wildlife in the Passaic River Make Comeback

NEWARK, N.J. — Amid the flotsam and jetsam of plastic bottles, car tires and other urban debris that litter the lower Passaic River, Hugh Carola, 56, guided a pontoon boat full of visitors through the waterway, whose terminus is a busy port and is lined with heavy industries that once dumped toxic …

Pollution