Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Peak performance

Chesapeake Bay sees 'near-record high' water quality

According to U.S. Geological Survey data, the Choptank River is seeing long-term degrading water quality, but Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta said the lower half of the river is seeing incrementally better results. (JOSH BOLLINGER / Star Democrat)

Star Democrat

Star Democrat & MilTech

Water quality in the Chesapeake Bay has reached a near-record high, according to estimates announced last week by the Chesapeake Bay Program. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey, almost 40 percent of the bay and its tidal tributaries met clean water standards for clarity, oxygen and algae growth between 2014 and 2016, which represents a 2 percent increase from the previous assessment period. Scientists are reasoning it is due in large part to a rise in dissolved oxygen in the deep channel of the bay.


Major Virginia deal to preserve coastal aquifers


The state has reached agreements with 14 large users of groundwater in eastern Virginia that the Department of Environmental Quality says will protect coastal aquifers from depletion. The 14 groundwater withdrawal permits that were brokered with municipal water utilities and large industrial users over the past five years, such as the WestRock paper mill in West Point, will cut total allowable withdrawals of water by 69 million gallons a day.


How GenX entered North Carolina’s drinking water

PBS NewsHour & Robesonian

One of about 85,000 chemicals registered in the United States are not tested for in drinking water. One of them is GenX, a manmade compound that manufacturing facilities have discharged into North Carolina’s Cape Fear River for decades. In the second of a two-part series, NewsHour Weekend visits the area, where residents are asking questions about the chemical’s health effects.