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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 one of the primary reasons water is no longer clean or safe. Agriculture is the leading source of pollution of rivers and streams surveyed by U.S. government experts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thankfully, if we make simple changes in the way we farm, we can take a big step toward clean water.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PFOA, a carcinogenic chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon, contaminates drinking water for at least 7 million Americans and is in virtually everyone’s blood.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
In the film "Erin Brockovich," the environmental crusader confronts the lawyer of a power company that polluted the tap water of Hinkley, Calif., with a carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6. When the lawyer picks up a glass of water, Brockovich says: “We had that water brought in ‘specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley.”
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich," which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.

 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities took more than 60,000 water samples and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of samples. The EPA's tests were spurred by a 2010 EWG investigation that found elevated levels of chromium-6 in the tap water of 31 of 35 cities sampled. EWG's analysis of the EPA data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans have potentially unsafe levels of the chemical.
 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

What if your neighbor poured toxic chemicals into your drinking water but only agreed to pay for part of the cleanup? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening in northeastern Wisconsin. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

From Florida beaches to Lake Erie to the California Delta, algal blooms threaten human health and aquatic ecosystems. Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, produce toxins that can make people sick and even kill pets.
 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In a remarkable moment of courtroom candor, an attorney representing the Environmental Protection Agency admitted last week the EPA "blew it" in botched efforts to regulate a hazardous chemical in the drinking water of up to 17 million Americans.
 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Low-tech, low-cost prairie strips on farms – buffers of grass, trees or other permanent vegetation planted along the banks of rivers, streams, lakes and other waterways – can reduce toxic farm pollution runoff, clean up drinking water and reduce water bills for consumers, according to a recent analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

As news about North Carolina’s governor and his administration downplaying the risks of drinking water contaminated with hexavalent chromium unfolds, two leading environmental health advocates are pushing the Obama administration to finally set a nationwide standard for the highly toxic chemical.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

If you have been glued to your television this week watching coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, like I have, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the Olympic diving pool has turned green! At first, organizers blamed the green invasion on algae. And now they are blaming the green hue on a chemical imbalance in the pool. But as we wait for the final verdict, the green-colored pools may hit a little too close to home for many Americans watching at home. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fluorine-based chemicals that can cause cancer, developmental toxicity and numerous other detrimental health effects have contaminated the drinking water of millions of Americans, and the blood of people and animals worldwide. But how did these chemicals get there – and what happens when they’re passed on to future generations?
 

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Des Moines Water Works warned customers of elevated levels of microcystins, the toxins created by cyanobacteria, in their drinking water. These toxins cause acute problems with the liver, including liver failure, among other serious health problems.
 

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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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