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2008-08-19 12:00:00

By Anonymous Sidewalks, parking lots and front lawns have rarely been cleaner, thanks to the relentless downpours of the past few weeks. But while the rain washed all kinds of messes off the land, it also flushed those same pollutants into Maine's coastal waters. And that made Melissa Raymond a little nervous as she watched her 4- year-old son Brady splash in the waves at Bay View Beach. "We've had a lot of rain for a long time," she said. "We usually don't come swimming after a storm,...

2008-08-18 21:00:17

By MARY ANN ALBRIGHT Before jumping into lake, pond or ocean water, check for signs warning of public health dangers. As temperatures rise, so too do water quality concerns. It's tempting to head to the lake, pond or beach for a dip, but there are some risks to consider. Bacteria and waste found in untreated water can cause stomach flu- type symptoms, rashes, pink eye, earaches, respiratory problems, meningitis, hepatitis and other ailments particularly dangerous for children, elderly...

2008-08-17 18:00:23

By KEN MIDKIFF When it comes to the health of our streams, rivers and lakes, we are the canaries in the coal mine. Although most people believe that the state departments of natural resources and health are there to protect us, such is not the case. After all, when was the last time DNR or the health and senior services department issued an advisory about how contact with the water in some local swimming hole might be hazardous to your health? Yet, every day, pollution pours into our...

2008-08-11 09:00:54

HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania American Water announced today that six watershed initiatives across the state will receive funding through the company's 2008 Environmental Grant Program. The recipients will receive a share of grant funds totaling approximately $26,000, which the company has earmarked for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. A panel of judges selected the winners from nearly 30 grant applications, which were evaluated on such...

2008-08-08 00:00:20

By ALLAN TUDOR The finger of suspicion has been pointed at a Torbay stream after a resort beach was given the all-clear for swimming following a pollution alert. The five-day sea shutdown at Preston's Blue Flag beach ended yesterday when Torbay Council officials lifted the warning issued after bathing water tests showed unacceptable levels of pollution after heavy rain last week. Now tests of the Kirkham Stream, which runs across the beach, show levels of pollution above the EU-set...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

By Donita Naylor, The Providence Journal, R.I. Aug. 6--WESTERLY -- About 35 people gathered in the restored lobby of the Industrial Trust Building, the Westerly Land Trust's headquarters, to talk about water quality in the Pawcatuck watershed, roughly the southern third of the state. The state Department of Environmental Management and Save the Bay wanted to share what they were doing and hear what others were doing. The Wood River and Queen River flow into the Pawcatuck River,...

2008-08-04 15:00:29

By Yuxing Zheng, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 2--Water from Wapato Lake near Gaston has led to a fish kill and suspicions that it caused last month's toxic blue-green algae bloom in the Tualatin River, and a musty odor and taste in some of Washington County's drinking water. Initial samples collected by the state Department of Environmental Quality on Friday near Wapato Lake indicated "pretty good water quality," but results next week will determine whether action will be...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By COLLEEN DISKIN, STAFF WRITER Environmentalists are calling on regulators to use water quality tests at beaches that can determine the presence of harmful bacteria in two to four hours rather than 24 hours. "People could be swimming in tainted waters for two days before the test results are in and a closure is ordered," said Kari Martin, policy communications director for Clean Ocean Action. In a report released this week, environmentalists tallied beach closings from last year and...

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By PAMELA WOOD Staff Writer An annual ranking of the water quality at the nation's beaches puts Maryland in the middle of the pack. The state ranked 14th out of 30 states for the number of beach days that were lost during the 2007 swimming season due to bacteria in the water, according to "Testing the Waters," a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report ranks beaches on the nation's oceans, bays and the Great Lakes. "We're continuing to see very high levels of...

2008-07-31 15:00:35

By Laura McVicker, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 31--Significantly higher-than-normal water temperatures and low oxygen levels in Burnt Bridge Creek have prompted a $500,000 state study to find ways to improve the creek's water quality and fish habitat. The creek is among the worst in Southwest Washington when it comes to meeting the state's water quality standards. Fecal coliform, which has been found in high levels, poses health risks to humans; the warm water endangers the...


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Water Pollution
2013-03-25 12:43:15

Water pollution is the contamination of bodies of water including rivers, oceans, lakes, aquifers and groundwater. Water pollution is when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into a body of water without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Water pollution affects the plants and organisms that reside in these bodies of water. In almost all of the cases the effect is damaging not only to individual species and populations, but to the natural biological communities as...

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