Water & Oceans

Broken Pipe Dumps 10M Gallons of Raw Sewage Into Sacred Onondaga Lake

"Up to 10 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into Onondaga Lake after a 50-year-old pipe burst during 21 hours of straight rain in Syracuse, New York on October 21. The 42-inch diameter pipe broke south of the Inner Harbor along the Onondaga Lake shoreline."

Source: Indian Country Today, 11/07/2016

"Hurricane Matthew Took A Big Bite Out Of Southeastern States' Beaches"

"Beaches in the Southeastern U.S. took a tremendous beating last month from Hurricane Matthew. The U.S. Geological Survey has found that the storm washed over and damaged 15 percent of sand dunes on Florida's Atlantic Coast, 30 percent along Georgia's coastline and 42 percent of the dunes on South Carolina beaches."

Source: NPR, 11/03/2016

"Ghost Forests: How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands"

"A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide."

Source: YaleE360, 11/02/2016

"WV Water Crisis Settlements Provide Community Up To $151M"

"Hundreds of thousands of Kanawha Valley residents, businesses and workers will receive up to $151 million in compensation from West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. for the effects of the January 2014 water crisis, under related class-action settlements made public late Monday afternoon."

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail, 11/01/2016

"Amish Oppose Use Of Drilling 'Brine' Wastewater On Roads"

"RUSSELL, Pa. — There are 44 miles of dirt roads in rural Farmington Township, Warren County, hard against the New York state line, and it’s not uncommon to see horse-drawn Amish buggies clip-clopping up and down them. In summer, Amish children walk the roads barefoot. It’s also not uncommon over the last decade to see tanker trucks spraying and spreading thousands of gallons of salty “brine,” wastewater from gas and oil well drilling, onto those same roads."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/31/2016

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