Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tracking meds

How bad is pharmaceutical pollution in the Hudson?

Many treatment plants are unable to filter pharmaceuticals from human waste. NJ.com


Bergen County Record

Scientists are taking samples of the Hudson River in an ambitious plan to measure how much pharmaceutical pollution gets washed into the waterway during heavy rains. Residue from medicine has made its way into water resources for decades, but scientists have only begun identifying it in recent years as testing has improved. Little is known about the health effects on humans, but pharmaceuticals have had a major impact on wildlife.


Rains overwhelm SC dams, reveal lax oversight

E&E News

On Oct. 3, 2015, 16 inches of rain pounded South Carolina's capital city in just six hours. More than 21 inches fell on Columbia that autumn weekend. Fifty-one dams failed during the catastrophic flooding. A year later, Hurricane Matthew made landfall. The storms exposed a creaky state regulatory apparatus that was supposed to guarantee that the dams were sound.


USGS map provides 40 years of water quality data

U.S. Geological Survey

A new U.S. Geological Survey interactive map provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation's rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers and streams between the 1972 passage of the Clean Water Act and 2012.