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Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

Texas the Biggest Culprit in Toxic Waterway Discharge in U.S., Report Finds

A new report from nonprofit Environment America analyzed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data and found that Texas is the No. 1 state in the U.S. for discharging of toxic pollutants into streams, rivers and lakes.  Environment America has been producing the report since 2009. Since the first analysis of the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory […]

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    Pollution Causing Food Scarcity, Death for Florida Manatees

    Pollution Causing Food Scarcity, Death for Florida Manatees

    Manatees are majestic creatures, and their presence near Florida brings a lot of awe from locals and tourists alike. But worsening pollution from agricultural runoff, wastewater and other pollutants is causing one of their primary food sources — seagrass — to run scarce. By October 2021 alone, nearly 1,000 manatees have died from food scarcity. […]

    What Happens to Wildlife Swimming in a Sea of Our Drug Residues?

    What Happens to Wildlife Swimming in a Sea of Our Drug Residues?

    By Tara Lohan Fish hooked on meth? It’s a catchy headline that made the rounds a few weeks ago, but it represents a serious and growing problem. Our rivers and streams have become a soup of hundreds of drugs — mostly pharmaceuticals — that come from the treated water released from wastewater facilities. Conventional wastewater […]

    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    The Dangers of Runoff From Land

    With #PlasticFreeJuly upon us, there has been a necessary, global focus on curbing plastic pollution and other trash that comes from land and often ends up in the sea. Now, in partnership with Plastic Oceans International, EcoWatch is highlighting the dangers of another land-based source of ecological harm: runoff. According to the United States Geological […]

    Red Tide Leaves Hundreds of Tons of Fish Dead in Florida’s Tampa Bay

    Red Tide Leaves Hundreds of Tons of Fish Dead in Florida’s Tampa Bay

    A deadly red tide has returned to Florida’s Tampa Bay, prompting protests over government inaction. The solid waste division of Pinellas County, where Tampa Bay is located, said they had picked up 600 tons of dead marine life since late June, as NPR reported. “The bay is really hurting right now,” Pinellas County resident Maya […]

    Los Angeles Beaches Reopen After 17 Million Gallon Sewage Spill Into the Sea

    Los Angeles Beaches Reopen After 17 Million Gallon Sewage Spill Into the Sea

    Around 17 million gallons of untreated sewage entered Santa Monica Bay on Sunday, causing several Los Angeles beaches to close. After three days of closures, Los Angeles County Public Health officials allowed beaches to reopen late on July 14. The spill originated from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, the city’s oldest wastewater plant, located near […]

    A Watershed Moment: How Boston’s Charles River Went From Polluted to Pristine

    A Watershed Moment: How Boston’s Charles River Went From Polluted to Pristine

    By Derrick Z. Jackson U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan officially announced earlier this month that the Biden administration will reinterpret the Trump administration’s definition of what constitutes “waters of the United States” – waterways that are deserving of federal protection. Trump’s definition was actually a reinterpretation (or rejection) of what the Obama […]

    Hurricane Season Spurs Hog Waste Worries in North Carolina

    Hurricane Season Spurs Hog Waste Worries in North Carolina

    By Cameron Oglesby As North Carolina heads into another hurricane season, some residents and organizations fear the stormy season will again flood communities with hog waste. The state’s hog waste management works by funneling feces, urine, and blood from hog farms into massive open waste lagoons, which let off foul odors and methane gas. When […]