Category Archives: Water
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.
The deadline to sign on is Wednesday, August 17.
Great Lakes Restoration
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Regional Center
213 West Liberty, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
Got drought? Fix that leak!
Beer Brewers and Water Efficiency: Learn how some beer brewers are increasing their water efficiency.
Let’s toast to more sustainable beer brewing… on this CurrentCast.
Ever been told that if you want to save water, drink ale instead? Unfortunately, there’s not much truth to the joke. A lot of water goes into making beer.
Christenson: “It can vary from about three liters to six liters of water per liter of finished product produced.”
That’s Tod Christenson, Director of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. He says water is used during the brewing process, as well as for cleaning and cooling.
But there’s change brewing! Christenson says by fixing leaks, recycling water used for cooling, and optimizing their cleaning methods, beer-makers in the Environmental Roundtable have increased their efficiency by fifteen percent in three years. Now I’ll raise a glass to that!
CurrentCast is produced in partnership with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Learn more online at CurrentCast.org.
Gearing up to save some green this Spring!
Diving into Nutrients: How much is too much? | Science
Diving into Nutrients: How much is too much? | Science.
via Diving into Nutrients: How much is too much? | Science.
By Sean Sheldrake
There’s a nutrient “problem”?
Did you know nutrient pollution, primarily in the form of too much nitrogen and phosphorus, is one of the nation’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems? Some 16,000 waterways are impaired, and 78 percent of assessed coastal waters suffer from nutrient pollution, affecting water used for drinking, fishing, swimming and other recreational purposes. These impacts also threaten tourism, home and property values and public health.
Nitrogen and phosphorous are food for some plants, like algae, and too much can spark a large algal bloom that can end up consuming all the dissolved oxygen in a waterway, causing fish to be starved for that critical gasp of O2. Fish die-offs are common with extreme nutrient problems.
Where does it come from?
Alliance for Water Efficiency News
Alliance for Water Efficiency News.
via Alliance for Water Efficiency News.
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Ban on Federal Funding of Efficient Toilets
In a stunning move on July 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment on a voice vote to the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would prohibit any federal spending for replacement of efficient toilets. House Amendment #1046 was sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona (See his press release here). The bill then passed the House and is now on its way to the U.S. Senate.
The impacts of this amendment will be far reaching. It will prevent the use of any federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or even the U.S. Department of Energy to finance toilet retrofit programs that clearly save both water and energy.
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is moving to ensure that the U.S. Senate has the information it needs to correctly assess the value of these important investments to an increasingly water short country. An opposition letter is being compiled,if you wish for your organization to sign on to this letter, please contact Jeffrey Hughes.
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