NY community struggles to replace its lead water pipes

The president's infrastructure plan includes $45 billion to remove more than 6 million lead-pipe service lines across the country.
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Biden's plan to replace lead pipe would be a massive, expensive project

Part of President Biden's infrastructure proposal calls for replacing all lead water service lines in the country. The experience of Flint, Mich., shows both the need for that, and the challenge.

Keeping our lakes clean can help slow climate change

Clean water obviously has its benefits: from providing drinking water, to allowing swimming and fishing recreation and water sport activities. Early studies showed that the cost that it took to preserve and maintain the quality of bodies of water were far more costly than the benefits.


E.P.A. data shows climate change's impact on Americans

New data compiled by the E.P.A. shows how global warming is making life harder for Americans in myriad ways that threaten their health, safety and homes.

Dave Dempsey: Stop polluting and neglecting Michigan’s groundwater

Groundwater feeds the Great Lakes, fuels the economy and fulfills our need for drinking water. It serves us well. It is time we return the favor so that current and future generations can depend on its quality and quantity.


Debra Perrone, Scott Jasechko: Water wells are at risk of going dry in the US and worldwide

The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources, or sell and move.


Humanity’s challenge of the century: Conserving Earth’s freshwater systems

From Tripoli to Phoenix, the world’s thirst in great desert cities is deepening, even as agribusiness guzzles more water to feed them. Humanity’s arid urban places are colliding with a key Planetary Boundary, scientists warn.

PFAS prevalence, effects clearer: report

Researchers say concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water from the lower Cape Fear region "considerably higher" than levels nationwide.


Maine investigation into 'forever chemical' contamination expands into 2 more towns

Nearly 80 wells in Fairfield, Benton and Unity Township have tested for high levels of "forever chemicals."

Biden's infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the US

President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

Law meant to push drilling further from houses had little impact, study finds

Exemptions in the law and owner permission put hundreds of wells closer to homes, schools and churches than the 500-foot setback meant to protect health.

Harmful algal blooms in Clear Lake, California

A monitoring program tracks toxic cyanobacteria and influences change.


Residents of Wisconsin region struggle with aftereffects of dangerous ‘forever chemicals'

Four years after a Wisconsin facility disclosed water contamination in the surrounding community, residents and locals deal with the impact of PFAS or 'forever chemicals.'

Senate passes $35 billion water bill, but bigger infrastructure fights loom

The lopsided vote was a reminder that bipartisan cooperation on public works projects is possible, but lawmakers in both parties said the spirit of compromise could be fleeting.

Arizona governor seeks federal action on water polluted by military

Ducey raised concerns about water near Luke and Davis-Monthan Air Force bases, the former Williams Air Force Base and Morris Air National Guard Base.
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Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

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“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

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