Category Archives: Environmental Health

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Does The Risk Of Legionnaire’s Disease Rise When There’s Lead In Your Water?

Article | June 16, 2016 From Water Online:

Ongoing monitoring shows that lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water are dropping and getting closer to meeting federal safety standards. That’s some much-needed positive news for the community. But there’s still work to be done.

Sign On Letter to fund Flint

The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, August 17.

Please see the note below from HOW Coalition co-chair Mike Shriberg, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director with the National Wildlife Federation:

On behalf of the National Wildlife Federation and as one of the co-chairs of HOW, I want to strongly urge your organizations to sign on to the letter linked below urging Congress to (finally) provide federal aid to Flint.  This letter was crafted by both local community groups in Flint and through a national coalition that NWF is helping to lead (and includes HOW partners like American Rivers and Sierra Club).  We’re planning to send this up to the Hill when Congress returns from recess in September, with sign-ons requested by Wednesday, August 17.

Click here: https://goo.gl/forms/iir2kI5BsNw2rymB2

The letter highlights the Senate Water Resources and Development Act as the most viable legislative proposal currently pending to respond to the environmental and public health disaster. This links it closely to HOW’s work and is one concrete way that our organizations can engage in this critical issue – something that I know we all want to do but often are lacking the contacts, context and venues to do effectively.  Again, here’s the link to see the letter and sign-on:https://goo.gl/forms/iir2kI5BsNw2rymB2.  Feel free to forward widely. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

–          Mike

The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, August 17.

Celia Haven
Program Coordinator
Great Lakes Restoration
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Regional Center
213 West Liberty, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
havenc@nwf.org

Office: 734-887-7123
Cell: 734-347-3861

 

Mitigating the occurrence of harmful algal blooms

See https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDANIFA/bulletins/1577c06

Lake Eerie algae bloom

As temperatures rise this summer, people turn to local beaches and lakes as a fun way to cool off. However, recent toxic algal blooms have hindered this experience for some in places likeFlorida, California, New York, and Vermont.

Private Drinking Water Wells: Private wells offer safe and tasty water for millions of people, but they should be tested regularly.

Ensuring private water wells are safe and tasty… on this CurrentCast.

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.

Cliff Treyens is with the National Groundwater Association.

Treyens: “Either man-made or naturally-occurring contamination can be a problem. For instance, arsenic and radon occur in the geology in many areas of the country and if it’s above a certain threshold, it could present a health risk.”

Household, agricultural, or industrial contaminants can also filter into the earth and end up in drinking water.

Working with a certified water specialist to test, treat and maintain a well will make sure the water is safe.

CurrentCast is produced in partnership with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Learn more online at CurrentCast.org.