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This Week in #MOwater: Lead Exposure and Water Testing

Posted in: News- Jul 07, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

Lead Exposure: Why it’s more
Missouri

Because of privacy protections, I never found out if that Missouri family received aid in the form of soil removal or public drinking water access, but I often think of them when I reflect about why I do the kind of work I do. They were a family with limited resources and information to protect themselves and their children’s health. They were not unlike others in the area, in need of assistance and education about how to protect themselves from lead exposure and the vital difference that uncontaminated water can make in their lives.

Water Testing: County Commission learns the cost
Pulaski County

Proposals to regularly test the Gasconade River and other local rivers for pollutants won’t be cheap, Pulaski County commissioners learned at their Thursday morning meeting.

E. coli: High rains likely culprit
Pulaski County

Levels of E. coli bacteria dramatically increased in the most recent test results near the Pulaski County Sewer District’s effluent pipe into the Gasconade River, but operations manager Zach Shepherd cautioned county commissioners at their Monday morning meeting that those levels are likely due to recent flooding.

60-pound Carp: Bowfishing team wins record
Missouri

A four-man team from Clinton reeled in a 60-pound grass carp with its first catch en route to the top finish at the third annual Bowfishing World Championship tournament this weekend in the Ozarks. The bowfishing tournament took place on Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Stockton Lake and Truman Lake. According to Bass Pro, all the rough fish that were boated will be turned into organic fertilizer.

Cleanup Complete: MSD announces Sewer Discharge cleanup complete
St. Louis

Crews with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) completed the cleanup of a sewage overflow near Albrecht County Park in South St. Louis County late Monday evening.  The overflow was discovered on Friday, June 12, after an MSD employee reported an odor in the area.  When MSD crews arrived on the scene to investigate, they found that the sewer had been vandalized. The lid to the manhole had been removed and two large trees logs had been dumped into the manhole, which subsequently blocked the sewer and caused sewage to enter into Sugar Creek Two, which flows into the Mississippi River.

Nationwide

Hogs and Water: Report reveals impact on surface-water
North Carolina

Water pollution from hog operations in eastern North Carolina was lower in basins with more wetlands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Researchers also found that spreading manure on land, a common practice for discarding hog waste, changed the chemistry of many streams in the study, adding salts and nitrates. (Tip from Circle of Blue Federal Water Tap weekly report)

Underground Tanks: EPA strengthens measures
Nationwide

The EPA strengthened safety measures intended to keep the underground tanks that store oil, gas, and other hazardous substances from leaking into groundwater. New tanks will be required to have a second containment wall, and certain equipment must undergo additional maintenance and periodic testing, both new mandates. (Tip from Circle of Blue Federal Water Tap weekly report)

Clean Water: 16 states, including Missouri, sue EPA
Nationwide

Sixteen states on Monday filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contesting a rule that expands the definition of bodies of water subject to federal pollution controls.

Coral Gardening: New method an ecotourism activity
Worldwide

“It is just like if you had a rosebush in your garden. As you prune that rosebush back, it grows back healthier, bushier, a little more lively,” explains Stephanie Schopmeyer, senior research associate at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Science, which runs a program called Rescue a Reef that allows citizen scientists to join the project.

Aquifers: New NASA data show how world is running out of water
Worldwide

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period, researchers announced Tuesday. Thirteen aquifers declined at rates that put them into the most troubled category. The researchers said this indicated a long-term problem that’s likely to worsen as reliance on aquifers grows.