Tagged with Water Quality

CDC Groundwater Assessment Contradicts EPA on Dimock, PA

Health Consultation: Dimock Groundwater Site, Carter Road and State Route 3023, Dimock, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Centers for Disease Control http://1.usa.gov/22qHP5t [State Impact Pennsylvania] A federal public health report on Dimock’s much-publicized water woes found threatening levels of chemicals in 27 private water wells, and explosive levels of … Continue reading

Even Small Amounts of Pollution Can Lead to Long Term Health Effects for Developing Fetuses: Johns Hopkins Study

Intrauterine Inflammation and Maternal Exposure to Ambient PM2.5 during Preconception and Specific Periods of Pregnancy: The Boston Birth Cohort Environmental Health Perspectives (2016; DOI:10.1289/EHP243 / by Rebecca Massa Nachman, et al. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp243/ [From Press Release]  Even small amounts of air pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature … Continue reading

United Nations World Water Development Report 2016: Water and Jobs

UN Water | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization http://bit.ly/1RiOuYD (full report) http://bit.ly/1UiKHk8 (Facts and Figures) http://bit.ly/1RhEroS (Executive Summary) [Info Docket] Three out of four of the jobs worldwide are water-dependent. In fact, water shortages and lack of access may limit economic growth in the years to come, according to the 2016 United Nations … Continue reading

Fooling Ourselves: Voluntary Programs Fail to Clean Up Dirty Water

Environmental Working Group / by Soren Rundquist and Craig Cox http://www.ewg.org/research/fooling-ourselves Drinking water, lakes and rivers in Iowa and across the Corn Belt are in serious trouble because of polluted farm runoff. To tackle the problem, for decades we’ve taken the approach favored by agricultural interests – making federal tax dollars available for conservation practices … Continue reading

State Report: Little Evidence Frackers Contaminated Pavillion Groundwater

Pavillion WY Area Domestic Water Wells Draft Final Report and Palatability Study Acton Mickelson Environmental Inc. | WY Dept. of Environmental Quality http://1.usa.gov/1mtRkS3 [Casper Star-Tribune] A 30-month state investigation costing more than $900,000 concludes fracking is unlikely to have contaminated drinking water east of Pavillion but leaves many other questions unresolved about the role natural gas … Continue reading

Rapid and Highly Variable Warming of Lake Surface Waters Around the Globe

Geophysical Research Letters (Dec. 16, 2015;DOI: 10.1002/2015GL066235 ) / by  Catherine M. O’Reilly, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL066235/full [NASA Press Release] Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world’s freshwater supply. Using more than … Continue reading

Explaining Variation in the Value of Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Using Internal Meta-analysis

US EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics / by Heather Klemick, Charles Griffiths, Dennis Guignet, Patrick Walsh http://yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2015-04 This study conducts a meta-analysis of the value of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay derived from separate hedonic property value estimates in 14 Maryland counties. The meta-analysis allows us to: 1) investigate heterogeneity of estimates of … Continue reading

The Property Value Impacts of Groundwater Contamination: Agricultural Runoff and Private Wells

US EPA, National Center for Environmental Economics / by Dennis Guignet, Rachel Northcutt, Patrick J. Walsh http://yosemite.epa.gov/EE/epa/eed.nsf/WPNumber/2015-05 There are few studies examining the impacts of groundwater quality on residential property values. Using a unique dataset of groundwater well tests, we link residential transactions to home-specific contamination levels and undertake a hedonic analysis of homes in … Continue reading