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Grand Canyon mercury levels

A recent U.S. Geological Survey report acts as a reminder that even remote ecosystems and waterways can be contaminated with pollutants. After examining the Grand Canyon segment of the Colorado River, the survey team reported levels of mercury and selenium that “regularly exceed risk thresholds for fish and wildlife.” In many of the fish sampled, […]

Emergency Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month, a public service campaign focusing on helping individuals and communities prepare for natural disasters and other threats to public safety. In 2015, the month will cover four weekly hazard themes: Week 1: Flood Week 2: Wildfire Week 3: Hurricane Week 4: Power Outages One common element runs through preparation for […]

Colorado Animas River

For a few days in August, 2015, Colorado’s Animas River turned mustard yellow, the result of an accident while cleaning up the abandoned Gold King Mine. EPA workers misread the strength of a temporary dam, leading to an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater spewing into the river. At one point, the yellow streak […]


Water contamination is not a new issue – many Americans are aware of the chlorine and chloramines present in tap water and use filtration systems to purify their water. Restaurants and vendors also invest in top-of-the-line plumbing and filtration systems to ensure that the water they offer customers is refreshing, crisp, and most importantly, decontaminated. […]

Do you have these harmful products in your home?

While they do offer convenience, many seemingly harmless everyday products actually are causing water pollution that affect lakes, rivers, and streams in ways that might surprise you. Before you head to the store, consider avoiding these common household products in favor of more eco-friendly options. Scrubs with Microbeads Microbeads provide abrasive qualities that make body […]