Okinawa governor wants on-site scrutiny after water samples show toxic discharge from Marine base

Ginowan city said it sampled water just outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s fence line on Aug. 26, approximately two hours after the Marines began dumping treated wastewater into the public system.
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Major pollution violations found at Maryland’s two largest sewage treatment plants

Baltimore has long been plagued by sewage leaks and overflows fouling its waters. Now, the city has a new pollution woe: poorly maintained municipal sewage treatment plants.


Okinawa governor condemns Marine Corps for releasing tainted water into public system

Gov. Denny Tamaki said he learned the Marines were releasing potentially contaminated water at about the time it was being done.

NC at a crossroads in dealing with water quality challenges

As North Carolina's population continues to grow, algal blooms and other signs of human-caused nutrient pollution in rivers and estuaries stand to worsen.

Stormwater infrastructure hidden beneath the grass of two new East End parks

Pittsburgh's sewer system was built in the 1800s for a much smaller city, and it's notorious for overflowing. But there's a new way to capture stormwater, hidden beneath the green grass of two new parks.

What happens to wildlife swimming in a sea of our drug residues?

Our rivers and streams have become a soup of hundreds of drugs — mostly pharmaceuticals — that come from the treated water released from wastewater facilities.


A city of water: Experts explain how climate change impacts Pittsburgh’s infrastructure

As the climate crisis hastens, many experts believe Pittsburgh — at the center of the Rust Belt — will be a part of something new: the “waterbelt."


In arid U.S. West, water agencies look to direct potable reuse

Western water experts are working to not only conserve water, but to also reuse as much wastewater as possible, including through direct potable reuse.

Blue carbon: Can CO2 stores help protect biodiversity and the climate?

A voluntary carbon pricing scheme wants the underwater world to help store CO2 emissions. Conservationists hope this could spell a brighter future for seagrass meadows in the Balearic Islands.

Seven years after Mount Polley disaster, mine waste still flows into Quesnel Lake

A ‘temporary’ permit allows wastewater to be dumped in the water. That may not change anytime soon.

Infrastructure bill would boost Bay restoration funding

The struggling Chesapeake Bay restoration effort stands to get a hefty infusion of funding from the ambitious $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal reached over the weekend in the U.S. Senate.

Development in a wealthy Montana boom town is fouling a world-class trout river

Rapid growth in Big Sky is threatening the Gallatin River, a tributary of the Missouri River and a renowned fly fishing destination.

EPA announces intent to strengthen limits on water pollution from power plants

The U.S. EPA announced that it is initiating a rule-making process to strengthen certain wastewater pollution discharge limits for coal power plants that use steam to generate electricity.

Floods, heat, then floods again: England is battered by wild weather

Thunderstorms in London flooded hospitals’ emergency rooms and submerged streets for the second time this month.

Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean linked to wastewater from ships

A virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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