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Rivers and lakes are the most degraded ecosystems in the world. Can we save them?

We rely on fresh water for drinking, food, and sanitation, and they’re in trouble. But freshwater issues are becoming a higher priority for conservationists.

Pollution control efforts credited for cleaner Sauk River chain

A new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency credits years of investments in water protection practices for improved water quality in the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, but the report also calls for more action.

Pollution in Black communities should make environmental justice a racial justice issue for Biden administration

Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this.

Word of warning: Advisory issued for Lake Superior smelt due to PFAS "forever chemicals"

Smelt from Lake Superior join trout in Miller Creek and walleye in Rice Lake with high levels of PFAS “forever chemicals.”

Too many First Nations lack clean drinking water and it's Ottawa's fault, says auditor general

The federal government has not done enough to ensure people in First Nations communities have ongoing access to safe drinking water, says the federal auditor general.

Changes to WV storage tank law would exempt some

A change proposed to the law regulating aboveground storage tanks would exempt certain tanks used by the oil and natural gas industry if approved by the West Virginia Legislature.

Left out of boil water orders, some Texans may need to test wells

Unlike millions of Texans who received boil water notices from utility companies, families who rely on private wells have been left to figure out for themselves whether their water is safe to drink in the wake of last week's deep freeze.


I tested my tap water, household products and cat for toxic 'forever chemicals'

The extent of PFAS contamination is only now coming into focus. Here's what I learned from investigating my home.

Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.

British Columbia tests found unsafe lead levels in water of 35 First Nation schools

Getting help and funds to fix the threat can be frustrating. A special report.

Air Force to deliver bottled water as chemicals found in drinking water in Arizona

Some 6,000 people in Glendale, Litchfield Park and unincorporated Maricopa County are impacted, Luke Air Force Base spokesperson Sean Clements said.

Bad water sickens First Nations. But government doesn’t track the toll

Data to identify and fix problems don’t exist. The ‘black hole,’ say critics, lets feds off the hook. A special report.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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