Swimming and fishing safely in the Baltimore Harbor? Not so fast.

Ten years ago, fed up with floating litter everywhere and frequent whiffs of sewage, Baltimore launched a “Healthy Harbor" campaign.

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Hawai‘ian reefs lost almost half their fish to pollution and fishing

According to the research, sewage pollution was the biggest contributor to declining fish biomass; spearfishing, collection for the aquarium trade, and fishing using lay nets followed closely behind.


England’s waterways as polluted as they were 4 years ago

Only 16% of rivers, lakes and coastal waters meet minimum ecological criteria, agency says.


Biscayne Bay to get a pollution-fighting chief

The sudden drop in oxygen levels that killed thousands of fish in north Biscayne Bay last month produced at least one positive effect: a new impetus for action to save the bay.

Nearly 30,000 tonnes of sewage sludge containing human waste to enter UK

Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.


51 years later, the Cuyahoga River burns again

The Ohio waterway that so famously caught on fire in 1969, inspiring the Clean Water Act, caught fire again this week

First COVID case linked to community spread rattles Gaza

Gaza authorities announced last week the first COVID-19 case in the Palestinian enclave that was spread through the community, raising fears that a larger outbreak might occur.


Clean water history explored on 'In Deep' podcast

The eight-episode series also looks at water and sewage treatment and the history of such diseases as cholera.

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

In India, the Ganges is far more than just a river. It is religion, industry, farming and politics. It is a source of water for millions of people, and an immense septic system that endures millions of gallons of raw sewage.


David F. Coursen: A neglected environmental justice issue: indoor plumbing

Access to clean water and sanitation is also a crucial environmental justice issue, but it is neglected in current policy and funding.

In Bogotá, communities weave an unlikely wetland success story

Around 27 years ago, a community on the northwest border of Bogotá launched a concerted campaign to defend the Conejera wetland against a city and business sector that saw it as disposable.


Covid researchers check sewage, drains for virus

Wearing face shields, masks, two layers of gloves and navy cotton overalls, two scientists carefully lift off a metal manhole cover to reveal the cumulative waste of some 400 migrant workers.


Paris sewage reveals COVID still not flushed away

Samples of wastewater from the Paris sewage system have been showing traces of COVID-19 again since the end of June, having vanished when France imposed a lockdown, according to the head of the laboratory leading the research.

Costs clog efforts to prevent sewage overflows

The fix for Pennsylvania's overflow pollution — the worst in U.S. — is neither quick nor easy.

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