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Nothing is more important to your health and quality of life than safe drinking water and clean streams and lakes. Across the country, pollution from farms is the primary reason water is no longer clean or safe. Thankfully, simple changes in the way we farm would be a big step toward clean water.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The most commonly found pesticide in U.S. ground and surface water – a toxic weed killer called atrazine – will now have to carry a warning label in the most populated state in the country. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A toxic blob is lurking outside Cleveland – and it’s getting closer. 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

The recent crisis in Flint, Mich., sounded the alarm on the dangers of lead contamination in drinking water. Now there’s potentially more bad news for the nation’s water supply.
 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Thousands of gallons of liquid pig feces are sprayed on the field just eight feet from your kitchen window. Welcome to life alongside a factory farm. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

One in every four American newborns consumes formula from birth. Around two-thirds of these babies drink some formula by the time they are three months old.
 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of the Florida coast? Sandy beaches, sunshine, warm water and … toxic algal blooms? 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that farm conservation practices in some parts of the Midwest have reduced farm pollution by 5-to-34 percent. Yet researchers are measuring near-record concentrations of farm pollution flowing down the Mississippi River this year.

 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A first-of-its-kind interactive map revealing the locations of more than 6,500 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, across the state of North Carolina was released today by Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations and Environmental Working Group. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Would you eat food grown with wastewater from oil and gas drilling? You could be already: farms in California's Central Valley, which produces 40 percent of the nation's fruits and vegetables, are allowed to use oil and gas wastewater to irrigate crops.

 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Near record concentrations of farm pollution were measured flowing down the Mississippi River in May, according to a recently published report.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday (June 2) released a draft risk assessment confirming what some scientists have been warning for years: the weedkiller atrazine likely poses a risk to many animals including fish, amphibians, mammals, and birds. If finalized, the finding could lead to severe restrictions on the second-most widely used herbicide in the U.S.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thinking about going to the beach this Memorial Day weekend? You might want to think again if you live in one of the many parts of the country where lakes and rivers are now too dangerous for swimming, largely because of farm pollution and the spread of toxic algae blooms.

 
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Drinking water supplies serving more than 5.2 million Americans may be contaminated with two perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, at levels higher than the Environmental Protection Agency now deems safe, according to an EWG analysis of EPA test data.


 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Keeping water clean and safe enough to drink is a tough job, especially when there are forces that sabotage this vital public health goal.

 
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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis. Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.

 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems and fetal development – the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides. That’s good news for Europeans. But as in Europe, many endocrine-disrupting weed killers remain widely used on American crops, and from farm fields make their way into drinking water and food.

 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before a Senate committee this morning, she heard a lot about billboards.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

National media outlets, public health officials and Congress have all focused recently on lead contamination in drinking water, as they should be. The tainted water in Flint, Mich., Newark, N.J. and many other communities around the country poses a serious, potentially lifelong public health threat to millions. But industrial pollution in people happens long before they take their first sip of water.
 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Americans are watching their tap water more closely than ever these days following the lead crisis in Flint, Mich., and other incidents of water contamination around the country.

 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Throughout most of the 20th Century, American cities and homeowners installed lead pipes and solder in their tap water delivery systems – creating a toxic legacy for all of us. And the problem isn’t likely to change soon. No matter where you live, you can use simple techniques to discover whether your tap water is polluted with lead.
 

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