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This Week in #MOwater: Monsanto eyes election, Lake of the Ozarks water quality study concludes

Posted in: News- Nov 05, 2014 No Comments

We’re pretty light in water news this week. We bet it’s because of the elections. So that’s fine, we’ll let democracy have its day. Here’s the haps running into November.

Problems

Well Contamination: Dade County residents frustrated over well water contamination
Dade County

Earlier this month, several private wells tested positive for the bacteria E. coli, making the water from the well undrinkable. The DNR was in Dade County last week testing wells and investigating the cause of the contamination, which is still unknown.

Solutions

Lake Study Concludes: Baseline data doesn’t show major contamination
Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance citizen scientists gathered baseline data and ran outreach campaigns, including demonstration projects, community education and outreach designed to encourage homeowners to participate in LOWA’s “Beautiful Yards for a Healthy Lake” project.

Possibilities

Climate Change and Minorities: Climate change emerges as priority for black and Hispanic voters
National

According to the number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight (using data from the Pew Research Center), in 2014, more than 40 percent of nonwhite Americans believe global warming should be a “top priority” for their government, while that number for their white counterparts barely tops 20 percent.

Forest Fire: Federal scientists study forest fires and river flow
National

U.S. Forest Service scientists are beginning a three-year study of how forest fires influence river flows. “If you thin 50 percent of a forest, is that a win-win?” Sun asked, referring to the reduction in fire risk and increase in water supplies that could come from thinning the right patch of forest.

Monsanto: Company has eye on election day battles over GMO labeling, cultivation
St. Louis, Missouri

The folks at Monsanto will be eagerly watching election results in several states Tuesday as the battle rages on over how we treat genetically modified foods.

Misleading Eco-Claims: Feds warn plastic bag makers over misleading biodegradable claim
National

“Eco-friendly.” “All natural.” “Biodegradable.” Store aisles are littered with nebulous descriptors of vague environmental claims. Increasingly, however, the US Federal Trade Commission is asking these companies to show the science behind their adjectives – or keep mum.