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Groundwater
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Groundwater Gazing across the oceans and the seas, the prospect of life's most precious substance always seems to be tantalizingly close but yet so far. While water covers most of the planet's surface area, amazingly, only 2.5 percent of the total water supply is considered fresh water usable for human consumption. Among this 2.5%, only 1.2% are surface waters...

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Chlorine Exposure
Thursday, 07 January 2016
Chlorine Exposure Chlorine is a chemical that is commonly used as a disinfectant. At room temperature, it is a gas, but it is often pressurized into a liquid so that it can be transported. It is one of the most manufactured chemicals in the United States. Aside from killing bacteria in swimming pools, it is also used to sanitize drinking water and industrial sewage...

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Agricultural Runoff
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Agricultural Runoff Agricultural runoff is a broad term for agricultural byproducts that are not absorbed by fields or soil mass, but rather find themselves running loose into bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Runoff can include agents such as pesticides , manure and synthetic fertilizers...

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Water Fluoridation Controversy
Thursday, 02 April 2015
Water Fluoridation Controversy The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called water fluoridation one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century. Yet, as historian Donald R. McNeil states, "A few things remain constant in America - death, taxes, baseball and, since the 1950s, widespread, often successful efforts by a passionate minority to keep fluoride...

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Drought Facts
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Drought Facts The impact and magnitude of the current California drought may be a difficult concept to wrap our heads around, but certainly its impacts are being felt far and wide. Previously I had attempted to illustrate the economic and agricultural impacts created by...

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California Drought
Tuesday, 02 December 2014
California  Drought Details of its wrath have consumed headlines for months at a time, and yet the complete magnitude of the California drought is perhaps not well understood by most. Certainly, the seeming abundance of drinking water in the cities of California belies the true nature of an issue that continues to get worse. Perhaps one of the greatest ironic...

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RÍO DE LA PLATA
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
RÍO DE LA PLATA Río de la Plata literally means “river of silver,” but looking at the river today you might think that the river would be more aptly named Río de Marrón (river of brown). The coasts of the Río de la Plata are the most densely populated areas of Argentina (Buenos Aires) and Uruguay (Montevideo)...

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Mono Lake
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Mono Lake Created at least 760,000 years ago as a result of a monumental volcanic eruption, Mono Lake is one of if not the oldest lake in the United States. Although significantly reduced from its original geographic expanse, the lake currently covers 66 square miles of volcanic landscape, and is situated in California, 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park. Nestled between...

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Water Pollution Effects
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Water Pollution Effects In an environment primarily driven by anthropogenic activities, it is of no surprise that human nature’s exploitative proclivities manifest in our oceans, lakes, and rivers. On a planet where water makes up approximately 70 percent of its 510-million-square-kilometer surface, it is hard to...

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Water Pollution
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Water Pollution Have you ever wondered where the mindless flush of a toilet delivers your household waste? What about the fate of liquid waste, or “effluent,” generated through industrial processes? Understandably, most people do not ponder the destinations of human and industrial waste, possessing an out-of-sight-out-of-mind attitude. However, reality reminds us that these...

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A Water Project
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
A Water Project The City of Davis is one of few cities in the State of California that still relies entirely upon groundwater. Currently, the city pumps groundwater at depths ranging between 700-2,700 feet below the surface, tapping into mostly intermediate aquifers. There are twenty-two wells...

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The Colorado River
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
The Colorado River A reservoir is considered to be a “dead pool” when the water level behind a dam is too low to spill water or generate hydroelectric power. In a recent book, James Lawrence Powell predicts that there is a 50% chance that Lake Powell, Lake Mead and the entire Colorado River dam system...

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El Niño
Thursday, 28 February 2013
El Niño Earth is a fragile being, and one change in one part of the globe can affect multiple other locations, both near and far. This is especially true when the one change is in the giant Pacific Ocean. When the air and water of the Pacific Ocean becomes warmer, winters get wetter in places like Southern California and Southeastern America, while becoming...

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Clean Water Act
Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Clean Water Act Forty years ago, on October 18, 1972, a bipartisan United States Congress amended the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948. The amended act became popularly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA also implemented the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)...

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Sacramento Delta
Thursday, 06 December 2012
Sacramento Delta Seven thousand years ago, at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers in central California, a delta was born. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta now consists of a network of waterways that extends for 700 miles. Built up around 57 islands, 1,100 miles of levees...

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Marine Extinction
Thursday, 18 October 2012
Marine Extinction Global biodiversity has been declining since the rise of the human civilization. Unfortunately, the numbers of disappearing fresh water species has increased rapidly in recent years. North American fresh water extinctions increased 877 fold from 1900 to 2010 when measured against the fossil...

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Rising Sea Levels
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Rising Sea Levels Looking for a new real estate investment? With the seas arising, now may be the perfect time to invest in some higher ground in hopes of getting beach front property in 50 years! Only sort of kidding… In any resort, let’s get straight to the issue at hand, what’s the deal with rising sea...

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Acidification of the Ocean
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Acidification of the Ocean One consequence of human-released carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is an ocean significantly more acidic than it was just a few generations ago, and this change is accelerating in tandem with our carbon dioxide emissions. The most recent scientific article on the phenomenon appeared...

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Dead Zones
Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Dead Zones Dead zones are hypoxic or anoxic—meaning low or completely zero concentrations of dissolved oxygen—areas that form in the world’s oceans. Dead zones were first noticed in the early 1970s when scientists from Louisiana State University discovered an area in the Gulf of Mexico that...

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Elwha Dam Removal
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Elwha Dam Removal As I write this article, the largest dam removal project in the world is underway on the Elwha River in Washington State. Over the next three years, 18 million cubic yards of sediment and 48,600 acre-feet of water—equal to over 2 billion cubic square feet, enough...

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Why Conserve Water
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Why Conserve Water Living in the United States, where water is plentiful in most areas, it is often easy to forget that a growing portion of the world’s population faces significant water shortages and a host of related problems. Water is a global resource, and water shortage is a global issue. Even if your community has enough water right now, it is important...

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River Pollution
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
River Pollution The Swim for Clean Water… Located in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River is an intensely cold glacial water source with a lot of history, much of which has been drowned by industrial and hydropower damage. The documentary written, directed and produced by Andy Norris, called Source to Sea: The Columbia River Swim, deals with a variety...

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Water Monitor
Friday, 16 July 2010
Water Monitor The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water every day! To put that into an interesting perspective, that’s about 850 pounds of water, the same weight as an adult alligator. Unfortunately, most people are oblivious to their household water consumption. When all the water you use quickly disappears into a drain or a pipe, it’s...

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Home Water Filtration
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Home Water Filtration Options for Water Filtration at Home! Water is essential to human life, and millions of people end up drinking contaminated water everyday. In the United States, many households have access to clean drinking water, yet even safe drinking water can carry contaminates like pesticides, fertilizers, heavy metals, and chlorine. Because these...

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Oxygen and Water
Monday, 19 April 2010
Oxygen and Water Oxygen and Our Oceans: The entire ocean ecosystem relies on oxygen and each part of that ecosystem requires a different level of oxygen to survive. There are a variety of fish and other marine life that can thrive on low-oxygen water, while others simply require more oxygen in their waters to survive. Low-oxygen waters, known as hypoxic...

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Water Privatization
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Water Privatization Water is one of Earth’s most abundant natural resources. Paradoxically, more than one billion people around the world do not have access to clean water. As the world population grows, this problem is expected only to get worse. One popular solution to the problem is water privatization...

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Scarcity of Water
Thursday, 04 February 2010
Water Scarcity Paying the piper—water scarcity in the 21st century: When people talk about water scarcity, one of the many consequences of global warming, they do not mean that the earth is running out of water. While only two percent of the earth’s water is freshwater, that is still enough to go around. What water scarcity pertains to is...

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Sea Ice
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Sea Ice Why is sea ice disappearing so quickly? Climatologists and global warming experts knew that global warming was going to melt ice sheets around the world, but they never predicted it would be this fast. The most dramatic examples of ice loss so far have been the Arctic Ocean and Antarctic Ocean. Why would it be in those places? It has to do with just being...

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Mekong River
Monday, 04 January 2010
 Mekong River I am sitting in a wooden long-tail boat with Thomas, a Lao man whose white teeth contrast with near-black skin as he creases his face into a smile. From beneath the shade of his billowing hat, Thomas (his adopted English name) tells me that he was born, and will also die, on Don Det, one of Laos’ Four Thousand Islands. The Four Thousand...

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Water in India
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Water in India By the year 2030, India will pass China as the world’s most populous nation. Its population at that time is estimated to be 1.53 billion people. Currently, India’s 1.15 billion residents contribute to a disproportionately low six percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, but that number is “expected to triple within the next 20 years”. And in...

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Clean Water
Friday, 09 October 2009
Clean Water Is our drinking water safe? Clean, fresh drinking water is something that we take for granted. Because it is necessary for human life, it should be considered a right, not a privilege. However, more and more studies show that many households in the U.S. are drinking water that is actually filled with contaminates, chemicals, and harmful waste...

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Water Bottles
Monday, 28 September 2009
Water Bottles Most people are aware that drinking bottled water is wasteful, hence the craze behind reusable water bottles such as Sigg or Nalgene. However, it was not until the recent economic downturn that the consumption of bottled water finally slowed down for the first time this decade. Since its conception in the mid 1970s, bottled water has risen...

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Lakes in the United States The Status of our Waters
Monday, 08 June 2009
Lakes in the United States: The Status of our Waters Americans love their lakes. Fishing is as American as apple pie and wakeboarding is the new skating. But how safe are these beloved recreational sports? Pollution from industry and agriculture dump phosphates and carcinogens either illegally or legally into lakes while non-native species somehow find their way into waterways and dominate...

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Rivers in the United States The State of Our Waters
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Rivers in the United States: The State of Our Waters Just a year before the first Earth Day in April of 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught on fire. Now that sounds pretty absurd, considering a river is comprised of water, the natural counterbalance to fire. But Cuyahoga was the dumping point for the vessel of industrial pollutants being carried from Cleveland to Lake Erie. Contaminated...

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Coral Bleaching
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Coral Bleaching It is what some scientists have called a biological “murder mystery.”1 Miles of coral reefs all over the world are losing their colors and dying off under the sea, leaving nothing but a vacant skeleton of what was once a habitat of bustling life. The cause is unknown. Some say it’s the rise in water temperatures. Others point to change in ocean...

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Ocean Acidification
Friday, 06 February 2009
Ocean Acidification Everyone has heard of global warming, but how many people have heard of ocean acidification? Recently, more and more political attention is being paid to this relatively unknown side effect of global warming. A scientific panel, consisting of the United Nations and other international groups, called for “urgent action” against ocean acidification...

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Bathroom Greening
Monday, 27 October 2008
Bathroom Greening With the green movement taking over the production world, selling everything from toxin-free lamp shades to organic jeans, morphing your bathroom into an environmentally friendly zone is relatively simple. Greening your bathroom is not only good for the environment, but it is also great for your and your family’s health...

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How To Conserve Water in the Bathroom
Friday, 24 October 2008
How To Conserve Water in the Bathroom I will be the first one to admit it: I use a lot of water, in fact I use too much water. This does not make me a bad environmentalist, it just makes me someone who needs to tweak my behavior when it comes to water usage. You know those days when you want to just stand there and let the hot water run down your body? Everyone has done it, but as water...

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Would You Drink Sewage Water
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
Would You Drink Sewage Water As water is becoming increasingly scarce the world is considering new and controversial solutions to this shortage. One of these solutions is converting sewage water to potable water, and this process has been put into place in select areas in the United States and around the world. This may sound disgusting to some, I know, but don’t write...

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Water Conservation
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Water Conservation You may wonder where the water that pours out of your tap comes from, and where it goes after it flows down your drain.The answer is that it depends on where you live and how the water system in your area operates. Most cities and regions have websites that offer comprehensive explanations about the water sources, purification processes, and...

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