Category Archive: Toxic Contamination

Jan 09

Fast Facts on Arsenic in Water

A naturally occurring chemical is stirring up trouble in water. Listen up: We all know that water is crucial to survival—but what happens when arsenic gets in the picture? Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical component of many minerals, so it can leach into ground and surface water. The chemical can also enter water supplies …

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Dec 12

What Goes In Must Come Out

Drinking wastewater isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. Question is, just how much of the “waste” part can be removed at the treatment plant? Listen up: Like the old saying goes, what goes in must come out. How does that apply to our wastewater, you ask? “There are plenty of communities that get their …

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Dec 11

Students Break the Ice

Some students are taking a creative approach to collecting water samples from Saginaw Bay. Listen up: The Kawkawlin River, which empties into Saginaw Bay, has been polluted by excess sediment, nutrients, and even E. Coli from failing septic systems and animal agriculture. David Karpovich of Saginaw Valley State University saw an opportunity for his students …

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Dec 03

A Pennsylvania River Reveals Its True Colors

Public and private groups have treated mine drainage and cleared up the water of the Kiski-Conemaugh. Listen up: Reckner: “When I was a little girl, I grew up along the banks of the river, and we used to go splash around in the water….and when we would come out, our clothes would be stained orange…” …

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Nov 27

Nitrates in Rural Wells

If well water is contaminated by fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste, it could put babies at risk. Consider this: Nitrate is a natural chemical compound present in almost all water, but high levels in fertilizer runoff, septic discharges, or animal waste can leach into groundwater. If it gets into drinking water, it puts infants …

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