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.

OSU

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.

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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.

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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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