Venter Institute gets $5M for pure water tech
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:09

LA JOLLA — What's more important than a tricorder? Clean water, says the Roddenberry Foundation, which has given a J. Craig Venter Institute scientist $5 million for a microbial fuel cell to purify sewage and make electricity in the process.

As microbes break down organic sludge, they produce electrons, which are harnessed through electrodes in the fuel cell. Tapping into the electricity actually accelerates the breakdown process, the Venter Institute said in a press release issued Wednesday.

Clemson University Recognized for Success, Renewal of its Center of Excellence for Watershed Management
Monday, 29 July 2013 07:42

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ATLANTA – During a ceremony today in Atlanta, EPA Region 4 and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) marked the renewal of Clemson University’s Center of Excellence for Watershed Management (Center). Representatives from EPA, DHEC and Clemson University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) renewing the Center for another 5 years. There are 10 centers across the Southeast, with the Clemson MOU first to be renewed.

Iowa copes with nitrate surge in drinking water
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:07

Iowa cities struggle as farm runoff causes nitrate levels to soar in drinking water

Associated PressBy David Pitt, Associated Press | Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- For much of last year, Iowa's most pressing agricultural problem was a drought that baked farm fields and parched crops, turning them brown and crumbly. Then the skies finally opened up, providing one of the soggiest springs on record.

Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots
Monday, 17 June 2013 07:57

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.

Hydraulic fracturing, or the drilling technique commonly known as fracking, has been used for decades to blast huge volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open valuable shale formations.

Public Pools Test Positive for Bacteria from Human Waste
Friday, 17 May 2013 12:45
By Brian Krans Thu, May 16, 2013

A refreshing dip in your local public pool might not be so appealing now that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report nearly 60 percent of public pools it tested contained a detectible amount of human fecal matter.

Researchers with the CDC collected samples from indoor and outdoor public pools in the Atlanta, Ga., region during last summer’s busy swimming season and tested them for bacteria. They discovered a high percentage of bacteria found in the human digestive system, suggesting that the pool water was contaminated with human feces.

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