Florida concerned about un-controlled pollution and algal blooms

30 June 2013

While Barack Obama is holidaying in South Africa, here are some end-of-month notices about algal blooms in North America:

Users of Taylorsville Lake (Canada) have been warned about increasing levels of toxicity. In Oklahoma, the US Army Corps of Engineers have increased the list of potentially- toxic lakes to include Keystone Lake, Lake Tenkiller, Lake Eufaula and Skiatook Lake.  A separate report has Green County Lake added to the Oklahoma list.  Fernan Lake in Idaho is today’s addition to the list.  The Dorothy State has the following lakes on warning

  • Logan City Lake – Logan, Phillips County
  • Marion Reservoir – Marion County
  • Memorial Park Lake (Veterans Lake) – Great Bend, Barton Count

and Milford Reservoir on an advisory notice.

In Florida, algal blooms are being associated with a number of problems, including (see report) the death of manatees. Read more »

Water pollution warnings made half a century ago still entirely valid

28 June 2013

Here’s an excerpt from Wisconsin’s Wausau Daily that would be as valid today as it was 46 years ago.  Oh, that people had listened back then (or now for that matter!):

“Eutrophication.” That word was in the news this week in a release from the University of Wisconsin news service. Dr. Jack Bregman, assistant deputy for water pollution control of the Department of Interior told the International Symposium on Eutrophication that “Until now, we have not adequately controlled these causes which speed the eutrophication process (the natural aging of lakes). As a result, changes in our lakes which normally would have taken thousands of years may now be achieved in mere decades.” We in this beautiful area of a beautiful state must be concerned about adding excessive nutrients to our lakes and streams because, within a few years, a lake can become a marsh — and then dry land. … Read more »

Canadian report on water contamination from fracking released

25 June 2013

Alberta’s version of South Africa’s Mariette Liefferink has published a detailed report on the downside of fracking and what it can do to water supplies!  Well worth reading and to watch the actions that will be taken to discredit it.

Jessica Ernst, a high-profile, Alberta-based environmental consultant, has released a comprehensive summary of science, facts and documents relating to groundwater contamination from the controversial practice of natural gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

The culmination of ten years of research, the 93-page report is sure to cause a stir with the energy sector and its critics. Groundwater contamination has been a key concern surrounding the booming fracking industry.

“Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” says Will Koop, BC Tapwater AllianceCoordinator. “Her collection provides excellent and technically friendly working tools, enabling the public to draw their own conclusions from the critical information. This is not just an invaluable document for North Americans, but for the world.”

Anyone not yet seen the movie Gasland??  If not, do so.

Report only downloadable here.

Thames Water gets a (financial) slap on the wrist for pollution

23 June 2013

Last week Thames Water back-washed a whole lot of algal biomass out of their filters into a river in Shepperton – causing the deaths of a whole lot of fish.  For this misdemeanour a paltry fine of £17500.00 was levied.  Ouch!   The European Commission may be a bit tougher when it takes Greece to task for not doing all it could about last years complaints regarding nitrate pollution of water sources (I think attention in Greece has been taken up by a whole lot of other things in recent months).

Lake Attitash is once again back in the news with yet another algal bloom.  Ditto Lost Creek Lake.  At least these locations are still reporting problems.  There appears to have been a drop-off in algal bloom reporting – which may mean there are less blooms or that it may have something to do with last years financial losses when lakes were closed.  Lone Star Lake (in Omaha) also has a bloom warning in place, while a monitoring program for problematical filamentous algae is in place for two rivers in Cumberland (Maryland) (Potomac and Cacapon Rivers).

The USA needs to spend big to keep their water safe!

21 June 2013

The US Dept of Drinking Water Safety has announced that they need to find $384 Billion in order to maintain the provision of safe drinking water!

The 2011 Needs Assessment found that the total national need is $384.2 billion (Table 1). This estimate represents the needs of the approximately 52,000 community water systems and 21,400 not-for-profit non-community water systems that are eligible to receive DWSRF program assistance. These systems are found in all 50 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia; in the Virgin Island and Pacific Island territories; and on American Indian lands and in Alaska Native Villages.

This rounds off to around $1300 per consumer!

Floating island project receives major EPA award

20 June 2013

USEPA: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2013

Stennis Space Center, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced Martin Ecosystem, LLC will receive a Second Place 2013 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business/Industry Category. The awards ceremony will be held on June 26, 2013, at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt beginning at 6PM.

The BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetland (BFTW) project at Elayn Hunt Correctional was done to determine how this new innovative water treatment tool could remove unwanted nutrients from wastewater prior to discharge to the environment. The BFTW accomplished this goal and in addition has helped the wastewater treatment facility achieve and maintain compliance with their permit. In the five years prior to the implementation of this project and launching of the BFTWs into the wastewater system, the facility had an average of 10 noncompliance reports. Following the installation of BFTWs non-compliance events have been reduced to 1 or less per year. Read more »