Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

40-year trend

Water quality a mixed bag for North Jersey, report says

Trees and grasses provide a natural buffer along the undeveloped banks of New Jersey's Mantua Creek. Photo courtesy of NJ DEP

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Bergen County Record

Some pollution that causes algae blooms in rivers, streams and other waterways has declined in parts of New Jersey over three decades, according to a new report released Monday. But the results of the study looking at water data from 1980 to 2011 show a mixed bag for North Jersey's rivers. The amount of nitrates has been rising in Bergen and Passaic counties, while nitrogen and phosphorus, which also come from waste and fertilizers, are on the decline.

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Bad grades for school water in several NE states

Attleboro Sun Chronicle

A year after lead contamination in the Flint, Mich., water supply burst into the national spotlight, a new report says Massachusetts public schools are largely failing to provide safe drinking water to students. Massachusetts received a "D" grade while Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania received failing marks.

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Subtle changes lurk in Nanticoke River's beauty

Bay Journal

Sometimes, rivers shout their troubles. They catch fire. Or change color. Other times, they whisper, degrading slowly over time. And some cry for help in a voice so small that passersby can't hear them at all; only those who know them well recognize the signs. The Nanticoke River falls into the third category: Beautiful to look at now, but scientists and conservationists worry that trouble may be just beneath the surface, or around the bend.

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