President Obama issued an executive order empowering EPA to set a more demanding timetable for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and to penalize states that fail to meet it.
Water & Oceans
"Iowa is about to launch its biggest assault ever on river and lake pollution -- a $455 million campaign."
Reviewed by CHRISTINE HEINRICHS
It's no revelation that the world's oceans have been overfished.
Callum Roberts documents the extent, duration and effects of the problem in The Unnatural History of the Sea, winner of the 2008 Society of Environmental Journalists' Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. The book tells a saga of technological advances that have allowed the plundering of the world's fisheries to accelerate.
EPA may regulate runoff from the coal ash and sludge from air-pollution-control that power plants store in ponds and piles.
Proposed emission standards in a proposed control area around the US coastline would cut sulfur in fuel by 98 percent, particulate matter emissions by 85 percent, and nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent from the current global requirements.
The Obama administration pumps up support for thousands of drinking water systems in the US with about $2B.
By RON SEELY
Water, of all the natural resources upon which we rely, is perhaps the one that we take most for granted. We turn on our faucets and out it comes, clear and cool and always there.
By JEFF BURNSIDE
When I heard the anchor in my earpiece introducing me reporting live from an undersea research lab, I could hardly believe all the technical aspects were working.
But they were. So I figured I'd better stop being amazed and actually start talking. On Sept. 20, I was the first reporter ever to broadcast live from Aquarius, the world's only undersea lab, nine miles off Key Largo, Fla. next to a coral reef about 60 feet deep. Don't screw it up, I told myself.
The conservation group American Rivers publishes an annual list of rivers endangered by dams, pollution, mining projects, and other threats they believe require urgent action.