Water Quality

The Takeaway

Water in America: In the Tap We Trust?

Friday, January 17, 2014

How did America’s water system get the way it is today? Martin Melosi, author of The Sanitary City and professor of history at the University of Houston, explains. Jennifer Weidhaas, assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University; Mark Davis, director of the Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at Tulane University Law School; and David Soll, Assistant Professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, provide a snapshot of what the water is like in three different regions of the U.S.

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What Does West Virginia Have to Do to Get Your Attention?

Monday, January 13, 2014

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” What a story. I was hooked, and I devoured updates as they trickled out on social media last Thursday.

That's how I noticed a small mention that my hometown in West Virginia had lost its drinking water.

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New Jersey News

New Jersey Issues Water Advisory, Restrictions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A boil water advisory has been issued for several municipalities in New Jersey, as the state continues to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Water-use restrictions statewide  having also been ordered to aid conservation amid possible shortages after superstorm Sandy.



Beach Bummer: Shore Closings Spiked in NY, NJ Last Year

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Jersey had the fourth-best beach water quality in the nation last year, and New York ranked No 24 out of coastal states — while the number of closures or advisories doubled in the Empire State, according to a report.



Making the City’s Waterways Cleaner for the Public

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection believes the city’s waterways will be safer as a result of two new initiatives. It has completed a venture that will reduce the discharge of untreated wastewater into city’s harbors, while the state Legislature passed a bill Thursday that will give the public the right to know when such pollutants spill into local waters. 



Get the Fluoride Out, Pol Begs City

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A City Council member wants New Yorkers to brush their teeth – and not rely on the public water system to provide fluoride – for healthy teeth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: How to Save the World—The Global Water Supply

Friday, January 20, 2012

We're kicking off a series of Please Explains on how to save the world—ways to approach complex global problems such as climate change, food supply, garbage disposal, population control, and violence. Today's topic is how to protect the world's water supply. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center, and Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project and National Geographic Freshwater Fellow join us to discuss the state of fresh water around the globe.

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Upstate Official Rips City's Treatment of Watershed

Monday, January 02, 2012

A county executive in the Catskills says New York City is acting like an "occupying nation" in communities within its upstate watershed, polluting waterways, flooding homes and paying too little in taxes as it maintains the purity of its water supply.



Pollution Continues to Cause Closures at Region's Beaches

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New York's beaches have the seventh worst water quality in the nation because of pollution from storm runoff and sewer overflows, according to the annual beach report from the Natural Resources Defence Council.

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