Model Shows Severe Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Season Approaching

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NOAA
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The 2015 harmful algal bloom season is projected to be among the most severe in recent years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom

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July 15, 2015

Packaged Treatment Systems

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WaterPod containerized treatment units contain one of many AdEdge package units treating a wide variety of contaminants for drinking water, remediation or industrial applications. The fully integrated, pre-engineered, pre-wired packaged water treatment solution combines system performance with economy, resulting in a solution for sites where space, cost and schedule are critical.

A Toxic Situation

Last summer, the city of Toledo, Ohio, made headlines when a do-not-use order affecting 400,000 residents was issued due to microcystin contamination. Caused by a bloom of blue-green algae in Lake Erie, the contaminant forced people to turn to bottled water for all of their water needs. John Keener of Toledo Water Conditioning shared his experience with WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline.

Kate Cline: What is microcystin? How does it affect human health?

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John Keener is owner of Toledo Water Conditioning Inc. Keener can be reached at info@toledowater.com.

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July 1, 2015
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A Ticking Time Bomb

According to the United Nations, 10 years from now there will be more than 37 megacities around the world with populations of more than 10 million. Four of those cities will be in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C.-Baltimore. 

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Aging infrastructure’s effects on safe urban drinking water delivery

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David Noble is international public relations and communications manager for Bluewater. Noble can be reached at dn@bluewater.se.

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July 1, 2015
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The Toxins of Summer

As we get into the full swing of summer, water is often the focal point of fun, whether that means a trip to the local pool, a water balloon fight in the backyard or a day boating on a lake. 

It also means that it has been almost one year since Toledo, Ohio’s microcystin contamination crisis. The cyanotoxin, a result of a bloom of blue-green algae in the city’s Lake Erie source water, resulted in a do not drink or boil order being issued on Aug. 2, 2014, affecting 400,000 people in the Toledo metropolitan area.

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Kate Cline is managing editor of WQP. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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July 1, 2015
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Study Shows BPA Can Adversely Affect Parenting Behaviors in Mice

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University of Missouri
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Researchers have used the California mouse species to prove that offspring born to parents who are exposed to BPA receive decreased parental care by both the mother and father

Biparental care of offspring, or care that is administered by both parents, occurs in only a minority of species, including humans. Past studies have shown that maternal care can be negatively affected when females are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals including bisphenol A (BPA); however, no studies have shown how this chemical can affect maternal and paternal care when both parents are exposed.

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June 19, 2015

EPA Proposes Changes to Cleanup Plan at Olean Well Field Site

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U.S. EPA
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Extensive additional contamination was discovered after the 1996 cleanup plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to modify a cleanup plan originally issued in 1996 to address soil and groundwater at the AVX property at the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in Cattaraugus County in Olean, N.Y.

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June 16, 2015

Soil: Earth’s Largest Natural Filter

Water that enters the soil and flows downward likely will be used again by society. The most common scenario would be that the downward-flowing water recharges the groundwater reserves that are then used as a source of drinking water or for irrigation. Groundwater also often has a hydrologic connection with surface water bodies, so the characteristics of the groundwater can influence aquatic habitats in a lake or river, which then may be used as a source of drinking or irrigation water.

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Soil’s benefits as a filter for a variety of contaminants

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Gary M. Pierzynski is university distinguished professor, soil and environmental chemistry, and head of the department of agronomy for Kansas State University. Pierzynski can be reached at gmp@ksu.edu or 785.532.6101.

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June 3, 2015
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Study Highlights Risk of Norovirus From Swimming

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CDC offers tips to help swimmers stay safe in various swimming venues

When most people think of norovirus, they think of people marooned on a cruise ship with raging stomach and intestinal illness, unable to leave their cabins. However, an outbreak at an Oregon lake underscores that swimming also can put the public at risk of catching this disease. Fortunately, following a few easy and effective steps can help maximize the health benefits of swimming while minimizing the risk of getting sick.

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May 18, 2015

Water Disinfection Technology Removes a Wide Variety of Contaminants

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April 13, 2015

Our bodies of water are constantly sustaining the impact of ecological and environmental changes. Our municipalities are treating water from these sources with harsh chemicals and delivering it to communities. Increasingly aware of these facts, consumers are demanding point-of-use filtration products that ensure that their families are drinking safe, clean water. HaloPure technology was created with these consumers in mind.

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