Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pollution diet

Pa. 'reboots' its lagging Chesapeake Bay cleanup


E&E Publishing

Pennsylvania is making up for lost time on its commitments to clean up the nation's largest estuary. The Keystone State lies in the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, where states and the federal government have long sought to stem the flow of nitrogen and phosphorus to the iconic basin. But Pennsylvania has lagged behind on commitments to reduce agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus flows to the Chesapeake Bay.


USGS: Fracking can taint fresh water nearby

Washington Post

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered one burning question about millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals that bubble out of the ground after being injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release trapped gas. When the water is stored, do the chemicals somehow leach into nearby surface water such as streams? The short answer is yes, said the study's lead author, Denise Akob, a USGS microbiologist.


3 innovators on a quest to provide drinkable water

Boston Globe

The world is a thirsty place. In many parched lands, including parts of the United States, desalination technologies are helping turn sea water and brackish ground water into clean water for drinking, bathing, and irrigation. Three Greater Boston companies are innovating improvements to boost the scale and improve the efficiency of a process that delivers one of life’s essential needs.

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