Posts Tagged ‘water quality’

US map with question mark

The second week of Water Quality month sees us shifting away from Water Scarcity. In order to keep our readers aware of the hidden dangers and possible contaminants in their drinking water, it’s time to discuss a complex topic that countless products claim to correct or alleviate. This week’s topic is “Hard Water.” What exactly […]

clean beach during sunset

Scientists at Heal the Bay have released their annual Beach Report Card, which assigns grades ranging from an A to an F to all of California’s beaches based on weekly bacterial pollution levels just off the coast. Taking a dip in the ocean on an “F” beach can quickly lead to skin rashes, stomach flu, […]

corroded lead pipes

As the details of the water crisis in Flint, MI, continue to surface, a grim picture is painted of a negligent and irresponsible government finally facing the music of its poor management and planning. The problem is not easily remedied, and citizens are helpless as the water in the region is still by and large […]

new gardens in Detroit

Bio-retention gardens filtering storm water In empty lots across Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood, small patches of flowers and shrubs are thriving. Known as bio-retention gardens, they are part of a University of Michigan project to help filter contaminants out of storm water. Project head Joan Nassauer says the gardens, which contain an absorbent type of soil, […]


On December 15th, Mayor Karen Weaver declared a state of emergency for the city of Flint, Michigan, due to high levels of lead in city drinking water. In the mayor’s own words, “The city of Flint has experienced a manmade disaster,” a catastrophe with long-term consequences for the city’s children. To understand the Flint disaster, […]