Category Archive: Water & Health

Sep 21

Possible Harm from Great Lake Fish Farms

Proposals for midwest fish farms have raised concerns . . . Learn more: Off-shore aquaculture – or fish farming – is not allowed in U.S water in the Great Lakes. So when two companies requested permission to begin raising fish in pens in Lake Michigan, there were concerns. “There’s significant risk and unknown environmental impacts that could …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/a-great-lake-fish-farm-is-a-great-lake-fish-harm/

Sep 20

Reducing Water Pollution One Field at a Time

Reducing runoff – one field at a time . . . Learn more: To keep agricultural runoff from polluting waterways, farmers can plant cover crops and use no-till farming. It used to be difficult and expensive to figure out which fields need these approaches the most. But Jon Winsten of the non-profit Winrock International says now …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/agricultural-runoff/reducing-water-pollution-one-field-at-a-time/

Aug 28

Well, Well, Well, What Safety Measures Do We Have Here?

Backyard wells offer safe and tasty water for millions of people—but that doesn’t mean they’re always clean. Draw on this: Approximately 43 million people in the U.S. get their water from private wells. And while most are safe, they should all be tested annually. “Either man-made or naturally-occurring contamination can be a problem,” explains Cliff …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/private-drinking-water-wells/

Aug 15

Microorganisms on medicine

When we take medication, some of it gets excreted in our waste. And from there, it often ends up in water. John Kelly of Loyola University Chicago says common pharmaceuticals can harm benthic microbes – microorganisms that grow in the sediment at the bottom of rivers. “The microbes are at the bottom of the food web …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/toxic-contamination/microorganisms-on-medicine/

Aug 09

Human waste in water

In many parts of Milwaukee, stormwater is shuttled directly to rivers and Lake Michigan. Wastewater is dealt with separately and sent to a treatment plant for processing. But Sandra McLellan of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, says the infrastructure is aging. “Many of the pipes that are taking waste from our homes that should be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/human-waste-in-water/

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