rivers and streams

Salmonella Bacteria Thrives in Untreated Surface Water

Salmonella Bacteria Thrives in Untreated Surface Water

ATHENS, Georgia, February 27, 2009 (ENS) – Health agencies investigating salmonella illnesses in Georgia should consider untreated surface water as a possible source of contamination, a new University of Georgia study indicates. Over the course of a year, researchers tested rivers and streams in a region of south Georgia known for its high rate of…

Groups Sue for Clean Water Law Enforcement in Northern California

Groups Sue for Clean Water Law Enforcement in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 5, 2009 (ENS) – Conservation and fishermen’s groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in California Superior Court seeking to force state and regional water boards to implement existing clean water laws in the wild rivers and streams of the state’s North Coast region. The groups argue that only cleaner waters will enable…

Voters OK $7.3 Billion in Land Conservation Ballot Measures

Voters OK $7.3 Billion in Land Conservation Ballot Measures

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, November 5, 2008 (ENS) – Voters approved dozens of land conservation ballot measures on Tuesday, demonstrating substantial support for open space choices despite the current economic and fiscal crisis, according to The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization. Voters backed 62 of the 87 conservation finance measures on ballots across…

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

New Rule: Clean Water Permits Voluntary for Factory Farms

WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration finalized a rule Friday that allows more than 15,000 factory farms across the country to avoid certain requirements of the Clean Water Act if they claim they do not discharge animal wastes into lakes, rivers and streams. Federal officials said the rule will help protect…

EPA Ordered to Set Standards for Construction Site Runoff

EPA Ordered to Set Standards for Construction Site Runoff

PASADENA, California, September 21, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must set standards to control stormwater pollution from the construction of strip malls, subdivisions and other new developments, according to a decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The EPA and the National Association of Homebuilders had appealed a district court…

New York Needs $50 Billion to Keep Waters Clean

New York Needs $50 Billion to Keep Waters Clean

ALBANY, New York, September 2, 2008 (ENS) – New York Governor David Paterson is calling on the federal government to help New York’s municipalities maintain lakes, rivers and streams. Federal support for water infrastructure has plummeted roughly 70 percent over the last two decades, delaying critical maintenance and contributing to Clean Water Act violations. Due…

EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

EPA Expands Study of Pharmaceuticals in Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to conduct a detailed study of the disposal methods used by hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices and veterinary hospitals that wish to discard unused pharmaceuticals. The EPA is seeking more information on the practices of the health care industry to inform…

Pennsylvania Lawmakers, Groups Urge Forested Streamside Buffers

Pennsylvania Lawmakers, Groups Urge Forested Streamside Buffers

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – A proposal that would require all new developments in Pennsylvania to protect rivers and streams on their properties with a forested strip of land at least 100 feet wide was presented today to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water launched the…

Deadly Floods Sweep Across the Midwest

Deadly Floods Sweep Across the Midwest

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, March 19, 2008 (ENS) – At least 13 people have lost their lives in drenching rain and floods spanning the central United States in the past 48 hours. Three others are still missing. The National Weather Service has issued flood and flash flood warnings from Pennsylvania across the country to Texas. Rivers…

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

Pharmaceuticals Again Found in U.S. Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2008 (ENS) – Drugs taken for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems contaminate drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, according to a report by the Associated Press National Investigation Team released today. These findings confirm a 2002 report by the U.S. Geological Survey…

Fort Wayne Faces $250 Million Bill for Sewer Upgrades

Fort Wayne Faces $250 Million Bill for Sewer Upgrades

FORT WAYNE, Indiana, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana has agreed to make an estimated $250 million worth of improvements to resolve longstanding problems with overflows from its sewer system, the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week. The improvements are expected to reduce the volume…