Clean Water

Northwestern University
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has fought to shut the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline down to protect the environment of the Great Lakes region from a potential oil spill. Her challenger has promised to protect it. 
A person holds a clam up to the camera with the ocean tide in the background.

(Travis/flickr)

University of Florida
Meet clammers, scientists and volunteers, like TV star Blair Wiggins and three generations of women, who are returning clams to Florida's Indian River Lagoon and other ailing waters to reduce pollution.
A man in a purple jacket and beige cap smiles at a woman in a sweatshirt who is holding water samples. They are both sitting on the ledge of a boat.

SCCF marine laboratory director Eric Milbrandt (left) and research assistant Sierra Greene (right) collect water samples to help identify the drivers of harmful algal blooms in southwest Florida. (Sarah Anderson/MEDILL)

Northwestern University
Excessive algae growth wreaked havoc on southwest Florida’s ecosystems, Sarah Anderson reports. A team of scientists is analyzing water samples to figure out what’s driving the blooms –– and how to mitigate them.
Muddy brown waters fill what is presumably streets and lower levels of a parking garage, which stands behind a bank of trees. Two mid-height office buildings are in the background

Flooding took over the northeast after Tropical Storm Ida in early September 2021. These floodwaters are in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia's neighbor to the northwest. (Michael M Stokes/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
Climate Hits Home | Philadelphia's sewage system and water infrastructure are being stressed by climate change and it's leading to a rather gross — and dangerous — situation.
Tractor in a lush field at sunset
Northwestern University
According to The Nature Conservancy, intense weather will transform hydrology, health, economics, and ecosystems in Illinois, as reported by Eva Herscowitz for Medill.
George Washington University
Scientists recently identified an infectious cyanobacterium as the origin of vacuolar myelinopathy, a lethal neurological disease in wildlife.
Tuskegee University
These four places and events illustrate how environmental racism has become the rule — not the exception — for minorities everywhere. 

When people walk down the street, rarely do they ponder the subsurface infrastructure beneath their feet — including hidden waterways. (Yeshi Kangrang/Unsplash)

Franklin & Marshall College
When people walk down the street, rarely do they ponder the subsurface infrastructure beneath their feet. In recent years, there has been a trend to uncover these rivers — a process known as daylighting.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
This short film presentation provides a narration bringing back to light some of the greatest environmental disasters caused by humankind.
Planet Forward Senior Correspondent
The invention of plastic has transformed human life. Plastics are incredibly convenient, and far more affordable than alternative materials. However, the downsides are overwhelming.

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