water pollution http://wfpl.org en Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli http://wfpl.org/post/be-advised-kentuckys-waterways-may-carry-ecoli <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet</span>&nbsp;is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.</p><p>The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.</p><p>The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9773 at http://wfpl.org Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli Market-Based Water Pollution Trading Begins in Ohio River Basin http://wfpl.org/post/market-based-water-pollution-trading-begins-ohio-river-basin <p>Three energy companies are the first participants in a new program to<a href="http://www.epri.com/Press-Releases/Pages/EPRI-Transacts-First-Credits-in-World%E2%80%99s-Largest-Water-Quality-Trading-Program.aspx" target="_blank"> trade water pollution credits in the Ohio River Basin.</a></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 8938 at http://wfpl.org Market-Based Water Pollution Trading Begins in Ohio River Basin New Indianapolis Science Museum Will Explore the City's Waterways http://wfpl.org/post/new-indianapolis-science-museum-will-explore-citys-waterways <p>An Indianapolis university is moving forward with the creation of an innovative science museum, focused around the city&rsquo;s waterways. Butler University <a href="http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/09/butler-receives-2-9-million-grant-to-create-a-new-kind-of-science-museum/" target="_blank">was awarded a $2.9 million grant</a> from the National Science Foundation for the project.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:09:28 +0000 Erica Peterson 7031 at http://wfpl.org New Indianapolis Science Museum Will Explore the City's Waterways Four Kentucky Lakes Now Affected by Harmful Algae http://wfpl.org/post/four-kentucky-lakes-now-affected-harmful-algae <p><a href="http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/WaterInformation/HABs.aspx" target="_blank">Four Kentucky lakes</a> are now affected by harmful algal blooms.</p><p>The four lakes—Taylorsville, Barren, Rough River and Nolin—make up half of the lakes the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages in Kentucky. High levels of blue-green algae were <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/harmful-algae-bloom-reported-taylorsville-lake" target="_blank">first found in Taylorsville Lake last month.</a></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:37:10 +0000 Erica Peterson 6298 at http://wfpl.org Four Kentucky Lakes Now Affected by Harmful Algae Kentucky Study Finds No Dangerous Levels of Heavy Metals in Public Drinking Water http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-study-finds-no-dangerous-levels-heavy-metals-public-drinking-water <p>A <a href="http://kydep.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/ky-dow-study-reveals-metals-not-detected-in-public-drinking-water-no-correlation-to-cancer-incidence-in-kentucky-2/" target="_blank">new study by the Kentucky Division of Water</a> finds there isn’t an unhealthy concentration of certain heavy metals in drinking water.</p><p>The state’s study is a response to a growing body of work that suggests there is a higher risk of cancer in Appalachian mining communities.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:07:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 5926 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Study Finds No Dangerous Levels of Heavy Metals in Public Drinking Water Pollution, Wildlife and Apathy: What I Saw While Paddling Down Beargrass Creek http://wfpl.org/post/pollution-wildlife-and-apathy-what-i-saw-while-paddling-down-beargrass-creek <p>The three forks of Beargrass Creek wind through much of Louisville. The waterway used to be used for waste disposal…and it <em>still </em>takes on wastewater from time to time, when the city's sewer system overflows.</p><p>But progress has been made to clean up Beargrass Creek, and today several groups went out on the water to take a look.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:23:52 +0000 Erica Peterson 5092 at http://wfpl.org Pollution, Wildlife and Apathy: What I Saw While Paddling Down Beargrass Creek Kentucky Will Develop New Strategy to Reduce Nutrient Pollution http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-will-develop-new-strategy-reduce-nutrient-pollution <p>Kentucky regulators say the state will develop a more comprehensive strategy for controlling nutrient water pollution, which commonly comes from sources like sewage treatment plants and agricultural runoff. Regulators from a dozen states and five federal agencies met in Louisville today to discuss the pollution, and how it contributes to hypoxia.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:21:16 +0000 Erica Peterson 5048 at http://wfpl.org New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/new-clean-water-technology-will-be-tested-louisville <p>A new nanotechnology to clean up contaminated water will soon be tested in Louisville. It will use two precious metals—gold and palladium—to remove chloroform from contaminated groundwater at the DuPont plant in Rubbertown.</p><p>Nanotechnology is a term that refers to materials made in a lab that manipulate chemicals at an atomic level. They’re smaller than a red blood cell, hence “nano.”</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:27:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 4989 at http://wfpl.org New Clean Water Technology Will Be Tested in Louisville EPA Official, Environmental Activists Reflect on 40 Years of the Clean Water Act http://wfpl.org/post/epa-official-environmental-activists-reflect-40-years-clean-water-act <p>One of the country's most effective environmental laws-- <a href="http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/cwa.html" target="_blank">the Clean Water Act</a>--turns 40 today.</p><p>The act has been setting water quality standards and regulating pollution for the nation's streams, lakes and wetlands since being signed by a bipartisan Congress in 1972.</p><p>“Before 1972, this nation approached water quality as ‘the dilution is the solution to pollution,” said Hank Graddy of Kentucky Watershed Watch, in a breakout session at the Healthy Farms, Local Foods Conference last weekend.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Colleen Stewart 2056 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Grant Mercury Variance for Ohio River Plant http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-grant-mercury-variance-ohio-river-plant <p>Ohio River regulators have voted unanimously to allow a West Virginia company five more years to comply with new, more stringent pollution requirements.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:22:03 +0000 Erica Peterson 1976 at http://wfpl.org