Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Put to the test

Oregon schools plan to aggressively assess lead levels

Drinking fountains throughout Creston Elementary, shown here, have been bagged, and water bottles offered in their place. Portland Public School holds a public meeting at Creston Elementary School in Southeast Portland Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to address lead in the drinking water. BETH NAKAMURA

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Newly disclosed lead levels in some of Portland's schools is pushing many other districts to promise sweeping lead testing this summer. The push follows efforts nationally to better track lead in the wake of excessively high levels found last year throughout Flint, Mich. From Hillsboro to Oregon City to Reynolds in Troutdale, district officials said they will conduct testing to confirm local schools provide safe drinking water.

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Mayor: Water plant saved 90% of Fort McMurray

Edmonton Journal

Last month’s wildfire reached the doorstep of Fort McMurray’s water treatment plant in Alberta. It lit up the hillside behind it, licked at the building, but never overtook it, sparing the city from an even worse disaster. “It was crucial to have it operating just to conduct the firefighting operation that saved 90 percent of the city,” Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake said.

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USGS map tracks changes in groundwater quality

Circle of Blue

Chloride and nitrate concentrations are rising and arsenic levels are holding steady or falling, a U.S. Geological Survey assessment of changes in the nation's groundwater quality in the last two decades has concluded. The federal science agency published the results on Thursday in an interactive online map.

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