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State probes chemical spill in UGA campus stream

5 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | University of Georgia Athens Georgia Athens Banner-Herald Clarke County Georgia Chemical substance Water pollution Carlton Street Report
Pease Development Authority accused of chemical dumping
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A nonprofit environmental advocacy group has notified the Pease Development Authority that it plans to sue the agency for its alleged "continued pollution of public waterways." Zak Griefen, the Conservation Law Foundation's litigator, says the PDA has violated the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conversation ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Clean Water Act Stormwater Water Water pollution Surface runoff United States Environmental Protection Agency Best management practice for water pollution Pollution
The plot sickens: Oil lobbyist MDEQ chief disappoints
Heidi Grether says she loves nature. But she also lives in the real world, she says, and that means "we have to think about economic prosperity and jobs."        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Drinking water Water crisis Water treatment Michigan Water resources Environment Water pollution Water supply
Senior care 'boarding house' proposed for vacant Bel Air-area dwelling
An unused house in the 800 block of Red Pump Road, north of Bel Air, will be converted into a personal care boarding home to serve as many as 10 senior citizen residents, according to a site plan presented to the Harford County Development Advisory Committee Wednesday. Jennifer Holahan and her...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Water Harford County Maryland Water pollution Drinking water Plan Parking space Pump Water supply network
Ellicott City flood prompts call for nine-month freeze on development
July's deadly flash flood in historic Ellicott City is prompting Howard County officials to reconsider the impact of development on the area's waterways. The County Council will vote on a measure next month that would temporarily halt commercial and residential development in the Tiber-Hudson watershed...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Water Flood Hydrology River Water pollution Dam Surface runoff Maryland
Daugaard administration proposes plan to boost buffer strips
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration is proposing a measure to encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways. Hunter Roberts, a policy adviser to the governor, said Wednesday that the proposal is meant to improve water quality. It would offer property tax breaks ...
1 points by The Washington Times | South Dakota Water pollution Proposal United States Sioux Falls South Dakota Proposals North Dakota U.S. state
East Lansing investigating water plant chemical spill
600 gallons of ferric chloride spilled at the wastewater treatment plant        
2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Lansing Michigan East Lansing Michigan Water pollution Michigan State University Iron Septic tank Water treatment
Dozens of Mich. water systems top Snyder’s lead limit
Nearly 380,000 Michiganians get their water from systems that would fail to meet a proposed new lead-safety standard        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water Drinking water Water supply Water crisis Waterborne diseases Water supply network Water pollution Water quality
With big storm coming, here's how ton stay safe
Strongest storm in years moving into L.A. area Feb. 17, 2017, 4:21 a.m. The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years is expected to bring torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds Friday. -- A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Flood Emergency evacuation Rain Water Safety Tropical cyclone Water pollution Flash flood
Snyder meets with Weaver, defends water credit cutoff
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver for more than an hour Tuesday at his Lansing office        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water quality Water supply Water pollution Public relations Week-day names C. R. Snyder
Hogan scales back Maryland water pollution trading proposal
Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is scaling back his ambitious plan to jumpstart a pollution credit trading program as part of the state's Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. The initial program would have allowed farmers, developers or governments who do extra to reduce pollution to sell those reduction...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Sewage treatment Water pollution Chesapeake Bay Water Maryland Virginia Stormwater Clean Water Act
Worker admits to stealing metal from sewage treatment plant
He had a lot of brass. A veteran worker at the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has admitted swiping 11,328 pounds of metal from a Brooklyn sewage treatment plant worth $13,700, according to a settlement released Tuesday. Thomas Maloney, a sewage treatment worker since 2002, admitted in a settlement with the Conflicts of Interest Board...
8 points by New York Post | Sewage treatment Wastewater Sewage Sanitary sewer Septic tank Water pollution Anaerobic digestion
Flint urging state to reverse water bill credit cutoff
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver plans to urge Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder against ending a state-funded water bill relief program        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Water Infrastructure Drinking water Water supply network Environmental engineering Water quality Water pollution Water supply
'Trumpagator’: Mysterious orange alligator gets snapped in South Carolina
An alligator with bright orange skin has been spotted in South Carolina, puzzling locals and inspiring the nickname “Trumpagator.” Read Full Article at RT.com
696 points by Russia Today | Sun tanning Color University of Florida Water pollution South Carolina Orange Joke Hue
Report: Cost of Flint water upgrade rises to $108M
The estimate is slightly higher than a December estimate of $105 million.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Flint Michigan Michigan Water pollution Flint Journal Lake Michigan Port Huron Michigan Mathematics Estimation
Report: Cost of upgrading Flint's water plant rises to $108M
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint's water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Flint Michigan Michigan Water pollution Flint Journal Lake Michigan Port Huron Michigan Mathematics Estimation
‘Worst case scenario’: Water emergency declared in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
An oversupply of fluoride and a water main break in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, resulted in a declared emergency. Without safe drinking water, all restaurants along with a state university and other schools may be closed until Sunday, officials estimate. Read Full Article at RT.com
-2 points by Russia Today | Chapel Hill North Carolina Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Carrboro North Carolina University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Raleigh North Carolina Chapel Hill-Carrboro North Carolina Water pollution Water supply network
Company sentenced to pay Wilmington $3.5M in fines
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The International Petroleum Corporation of Delaware has been sentenced to pay more than $3.5 million in fines and restitution for environmental crimes against the city of Wilmington. Media outlets report the Delaware Department of Justice announced Thursday that IPC must pay $1.3 million in fines and ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Clean Water Act Petroleum Water Water pollution Water management Mass media The Clean The Washington Times
New Mexico wrestles with cleanup costs at oil wells
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico State Land Office says a Texas-based oil company will be denied access to well sites until it agrees to the agency's directions for cleaning up spills of oily salt water. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn announced Friday that it would deny site ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Water New Mexico Groundwater Petroleum Natural gas Water pollution Aquifer Irrigation
EPA orders 3-month test for new Flint water
Flint will have to treat and test KWA water for at least three months before providing it to residents, the EPA ordered        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Drinking water Water Tap water United States Environmental Protection Agency Water quality Water supply network Water supply Water pollution
US Ecology's violations anger Detroit neighbors
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
US Ecology's permit violations anger Detroit neighbors
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
Local work group pushes county for financial incentives to tackle stormwater runoff
Local businesses, many of whom have long decried stormwater fees as unfair and asymmetric, are pushing the county to craft financial incentives to motivate commercial property owners to manage stormwater runoff in the county. The county needs to manage stormwater runoff to meet a state mandate...
18 points by Baltimore Sun | Water pollution Real estate Clean Water Act Parking lot Stormwater Property Parking Pollution
How much toxic waste is too much?
A Detroit hazardous waste processing facility that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently considering allowing to expand tenfold routinely has released excessive amounts of mercury, arsetoxic chemicals into the city sewer syste        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Sewage treatment Hazardous waste Waste Water pollution Great Lakes Wastewater Water Sewage
Chesapeake Bay pollution dropped dramatically in 2015, advocates credit the weather
The amount of pollution that washed into the Chesapeake Bay dropped dramatically in 2015, a trend advocates said is promising but also may have more to do with the weather than with bay cleanup efforts. From 2014 to 2015, the amount of nitrogen that reached the bay fell by 25 percent, while phosphorus...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Chesapeake Bay Blue crab Water Sewage treatment Virginia Water pollution Turbidity Maryland
Akron to save nearly $57 million on sewer projects this year
Dialogue between the city of Akron and state and federal EPAs has led to nearly $57 million in savings through modifications to the city's long-range work plan to bring the sewer system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. AKRON, Ohio - The city of Akron will save an additional $38 million on current sewer projects, bringing total sewer project savings this year to $56.7 million. At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Dan Horrigan said the latest savings are a result of ongoing dialogue with the state and federal Environmental Protection Agencies and other agencies. Those talks led to two major modifications to the city's 2014 agreement detailing the long-range plan to bring the sewer system into compliance with the Clean Water Act. "This is the way the process should work," Horrigan said. "We're constantly looking at what will be the best way forward. Eventually this community is going to have to pay for all this, so we're working to bring down costs." Approved modifications for projects near the Akron Water Reclamation Facility also will eliminate the need to close at least a mile of the Towpath Trail for about two years. Akron unveils new plan to save on $1.4 billion sewer project Here is where the savings are from: Redesign of the main sewer trunk worth $30 million The original plan for sewer upgrades included building a second pipeline alongside the existing main sewer trunk visible on Riverview Road. The sewer trunk was built out of brick in the 1920s and the the EPA was concerned it could eventually break during large flows. Original plans called for a second line to be built to capture some of the flow, disrupting the Towpath Trail, the Cuyahoga River, area wetlands and possibly the nearby Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. However, a city inspection of the main sewer trunk found it in good shape. The EPA approved a modification to place a concrete cap, with walls and foundational support, along the length of the trunk, adding protection and extending its life. The concrete is colored brown to blend with the natural surroundings. Because the Towpath Trail has a $450 million per year economic impact on the area, its closure would have been detrimental, said Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. "We are extremely grateful to the city for recognizing the importance of the Towpath Trail," Rice said. "They have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to find the best possible solution." Three green projects worth $8 million Earlier this year state and federal agencies to substitute three green infrastructure projects for "gray" storage basins. Rather than build large concrete storage basins to capture sewer overflow, the city instead will separate the combined storm/sanitary sewers in certain areas so the storage basins won't be needed. Treatment projects ahead of schedule The EPA also increased the biological secondary treatment capacity of the Akron Water Reclamation Facility to 220 million gallons per day from 130 million gallons per day. That puts the city ahead of schedule for sewer system improvements at the water reclamation facility. In early September, city engineers presented a plan that earned the city the EPA's Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Nutrient Reduction Discount. It eliminated interest on a loan for work at the city's Water Reclamation Facility, reducing the cost of the loan by $18.7 million.
61 points by The Plain Dealer | Water pollution Clean Water Act Combined sewer Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio and Erie Canal Sewage treatment United States Environmental Protection Agency
Water purification business in Brighton started with natural thirst
Lani Dolifka was living in a rural area in unincorporated Adams County, near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge when the local water supply was contaminated with byproducts of chemical weapons manufacturing by the U.S. Army. Thirty years later, her drinking water and ice company, Watermill Express, is the largest of its kind in the county.
16 points by The Denver Post | Water Water pollution Drinking water Water purification Reverse osmosis Water quality Waterborne diseases Water supply network
Detroit water dept. to charge new fee amid council concerns
Detroit water officials say a new drainage billing system debuting next month will make charges more fair to all.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Water pollution Hydrology Electric charge Stormwater Councillor Buffalo Bills Property Real estate
Rowan University didn't know it had lead in its water. Turns out Pa. and N.J. colleges don't have to test.
No one knows how long Rowan University's water has been contaminated with lead. When the university announced this month that it had found elevated lead levels in the water of several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, it could not say how many generations of students may have been drinking contaminated water.
904 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Water Water supply Waterborne diseases Drinking water Water pollution Water purification Water quality University
Vicksburg mayor eyes $4M update to water treatment plant
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - After a power outage left Vicksburg under a boil water notice for four days, the city's mayor is pushing for a multimillion-dollar project to upgrade the electrical system at a 47-year-old water treatment plant. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/2ch6Z2m ) that Mayor George Flaggs Jr. wants ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | English-language films Boiling Water pollution Water Electricity The Washington Times
High levels of copper found in Hill Air Force Base water
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) - The drinking water at Hill Air Force Base has unusually high levels of copper. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2cBpr7X) that the base announced the findings late last week. The results are based on tests in June of 36 samples of tap water ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Water Drinking water Tap water Valve Metal Baseball Baseball rules Water pollution