Water

3:53pm

Fri July 5, 2013
The Salt

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:37 am

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey sample water in Goodwater Creek, Mo., for pesticides and other chemicals that may have run off from the surrounding land.
Abbie Fentress Swanson Harvest Public Media

America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

But all that productivity has taken a toll on the environment, especially rivers and lakes: Agriculture is the nation's leading cause of impaired water quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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10:00am

Fri July 5, 2013
Wildfires

More Federal Funding To Protect Northern Colorado Water

A helicopter helping fight the 2012 High Park Fire in northern Colorado
U.S. Forest Service Creative Commons/Flickr

10:33am

Thu June 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 2:54 pm

Lazy day summer beach goers relax on the sands of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
Ted Van Pelt Flickr

From California to the Great Lakes, persistent water pollution shows that no beach is an island when it comes to public health threats like hepatitis, dysentery and stomach flu.

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card Wednesday detailing the levels of bacteria hanging around beaches across the nation.

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6:30am

Tue June 25, 2013
Water

A Tug Of War Over Water At Dillon Reservoir

Dillon Reservoir as seen from a scenic look out on Eastbound I70.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Nowhere is the annual balancing act between municipal water needs and recreational water needs more evident than the small mountain town of Frisco.

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1:03am

Thu June 20, 2013
Planet Money

A Surprising Barrier To Clean Water: Human Nature

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:38 am

Rodan Gatia gets water from a spring. A chlorine dispenser is behind her.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

In many parts of the developing world, drinking a glass of water can be deadly — especially for young children, who can die of diarrheal diseases contracted from dirty water.

So getting clean water to people in the developing world has been a top priority for aid groups for a long time. But it's been a surprisingly hard problem to solve.

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