Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Hidden contamination

Study: Seawater threatens Florida's water supplies

Ohio State University researcher Audrey Sawyer samples contaminants from
the sea bottom.


USA Today

There's a hidden underground battle going on between fresh water and seawater in the United States, and for the first time scientists have pinpointed where each side is "winning." A new study in the journal Science found that one-fifth of the coastal U.S. is at risk of contamination between fresh and salt water. The study found that 9% of the U.S. coastline — including southeastern Florida — have water supplies that are susceptible to seawater contamination.


Ga., Ala. governors seek truce in water wars

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal made another quiet visit to Alabama to try to negotiate a truce in water wars litigation. A public records request revealed that Deal met with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week for the latest round of negotiations in the decades-long battle over regional water rights. The long-running feud between Florida, Alabama and Georgia is nearing an Oct. 31 court date.


Unsafe levels of industrial chemicals in our water

Washington Post

Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study. The chemicals — known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs — have been used for decades in a range of industrial and commercial products.

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