Natural Resources

"How to Save a Sinking Coast? Katrina Created a Laboratory"

"NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago, the neighborhood hard by the 17th Street canal in this city was water-blasted. The surges from Hurricane Katrina swept into the canal, broke through its flood walls and forced homes off their foundations. Much of New Orleans remained steeped in brackish filth for weeks until the sodden city could be drained."

Source: NY Times, 08/10/2015

"EPA's Colorado Mine Disaster Plume Flows West Toward Grand Canyon"

"Three days after EPA workers triggered a huge blowout at a festering mine in southwestern Colorado, a mustard-colored plume — still fed by 548 gallons leaking per minute — stretched more than 100 miles, spreading contaminants including cadmium, arsenic, copper, lead and zinc."

Source: , 08/10/2015

"One Year On, Toxic Sonora River Spill Prompts Lawsuits"

"In August 2014, chemicals from a Grupo México mine contaminated a main waterway. A Mexicoleaks Alliance investigation reveals that the spill control equipment at the Buenavista Copper Mine was not in compliance with regulations that federal authorities had failed to enforce since 2011. Now residents of seven Sonora municipalities are filing suit."

Source: El Daily Post, 08/06/2015

Park Service to Big Water: We’ll Find Our Own Money, Thanks

"First, the National Park Service said it would cut back on selling its visitors bottled water to reduce the litter left behind. Now, Congress — under pressure from the powerful bottled water industry — is threatening to cut off the federal money the Park Service is using to replace the disposable plastic water bottles with refilling stations."

Source: Wash Post, 08/04/2015

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