Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'Forgotten river'

Toxic pollution ongoing in Anacostia, study finds

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Chesapeake Bay Journal

Toxic pollution continues to wash into the Anacostia River in the District of Columbia, adding to the longstanding contamination that already makes it unsafe for residents to swim or wade in some places or eat fish caught from its waters. That’s the surprising finding of a new study commissioned by the District Department of Energy & Environment as it begins work on a plan to clean up toxic hot spots in the “forgotten river,” as it has been dubbed.

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Mass. seeks to take over water regulation from EPA

Boston Globe

After decades of ceding control to the federal government, Massachusetts state environmental officials are moving quickly to assert authority over the amount of pollution allowed in the state’s waterways, a decision environmental advocates fear could weaken protections and harm water quality.

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New hope for U.S. coastlines even as seas rise

Climate Central

Scientists have encouraging news for planners along the Eastern seaboard staring down the worsening crisis of sea level rise: if managed well, most of the region’s shorelines could adapt naturally to the drenching changes that lie ahead. The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, offers hope that vulnerable coastal areas could remain above water during the decades ahead, even if some of those areas may change beyond recognition.

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