Michigan Governor Recommends Flint Reconnect to Detroit Water

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American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
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The governor's recommendation is due to the city's current lead contamination

In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the city of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.

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October 9, 2015

EPA Orders Kern County Public Water System to Reduce Arsenic in Drinking Water

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U.S. EPA
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District to provide residents alternative drinking water until compliance is restored

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently settled with Arvin Community Services District (ACSD), located in Arvin, Calif., for arsenic violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. ACSD has agreed to provide residents with alternative water until they are found to be in compliance and will pay a penalty of $14,750.

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October 7, 2015
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EPA Orders Kern County Public Water System to Reduce Arsenic in Drinking Water

American Student Wins 2015 International Stockholm Junior Water Prize

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Water Environment Federation
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The winning project introduced a filter that removes toxic heavy metals from drinking water and industrial wastewater

Perry Alagappan from Houston has won the 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—an international competition for water-related research. The Prize Patron, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, presented him with the award at an Aug. 25 ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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September 3, 2015

New Mexico Departments Lift Most Precautions Related to Toxic Waste Spill

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The precautions were put in place following an Aug. 5 toxic waste spill into the Animas River

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has lifted several precautions it put in place following the Aug. 5, 2015, Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River.

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August 17, 2015
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New Mexico Departments Lift Most Precautions Related to Toxic Waste Spill

USDA to Expand Investment in Water Quality Within Western Lake Erie Basin

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Targeted funding builds on substantial efforts on working lands Ohio, Michigan and Indiana

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region's farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms.

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August 17, 2015
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EPA Releases Plan to Address Pollution at San German Toxic Site

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U.S. EPA
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The public is invited to comment at a meeting on Aug. 19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, Puerto Rico.

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August 14, 2015

EPA Completes Construction of Water Line in New Jersey

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U.S. EPA
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The action protects the community from polluted groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site in Chester and Washington townships in New Jersey. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems.

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August 13, 2015

Texas Tech Awarded EPA Grant to Research Chemical Contaminants

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U.S. EPA
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The study is part of a $4 million grant to six universities to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $374,510 to Texas Tech University through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The university will develop a better approach to understanding and predicting individual- and community-level ecological effects of chemical contaminants in the environment.  

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August 12, 2015

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

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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July 1, 2015
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