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.

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.

USDA and EPA Release New Report on Honey Bee Health
Monday, 06 May 2013 07:38

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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.

EPA to Recognize St. Louis Cardinals for Reducing Food Waste at Busch Stadium on Monday, April 29
Monday, 29 April 2013 08:07

Environmental News


(Lenexa, Kan., April 26, 2013) - EPA Region 7 will recognize the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club for efforts to divert, donate and compost food waste around Busch Stadium, in an on-field ceremony prior to the Cardinals-Reds game on Monday, April 29.

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