Crystal clear Great Lakes might not be so healthy

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At Brighton Beach outside Duluth, the waters of Lake Superior are stunningly clear. Looking into about six feet of water, it’s easy to see smooth rocks at the bottom.

But Lake Superior has lost its long-held title as the clearest of the Great Lakes. A recent study showed that lakes Michigan and Huron have changed drastically.

New Jersey DEP sets nation’s strictest limits on PFOA in drinking water

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New Jersey’s efforts to clean up public drinking water took a step forward on Wednesday when the Department of Environmental Protection said it would impose the nation’s toughest limit on a chemical that has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children.

The DEP said it will set a “Maximum Contaminant Limit” of 14 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which has been used in consumer products including nonstick cookware and food packaging, and which has been found in some parts of 37 New Jersey public water systems at above the new limit in recent years.

Michigan Pushes To Have Nation’s Toughest Lead Water Rules

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After the Flint crisis, GOP Gov. Snyder wants to adopt stricter rules regarding lead in water. He’s pushing state regulators to change the federal rule because Republican state lawmakers won’t do it.

The surprising way artificial sweeteners are being used to detect water pollution

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Low-cal additives are finding a place in pollution control — even as scientists dig into whether they are pollutants in their own right.

Artist, fashion designer to make water bottles from Flint into clothing

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Artist Mel Chin is hoping to turn something that’s become a daily annoyance for Flint residents into something that can be used for good.

The Houston, Texas native turned conceptual artist has teamed up with fashion designer Tracy Reese and the Queens Museum in New York City as part of his Flint Fit project that will turn water bottles from the city into raincoats, swimwear and other articles of clothing.

Arsenic declines in public drinking water

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

NIEHS-funded researchers reported that exposure to arsenic in drinking water was significantly reduced among Americans using public water systems after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered maximum levels of arsenic in 2006.

The new findings, reported Oct. 22 in the journal Lancet Public Health, confirmed that federal drinking water regulations helped decrease toxic exposure and protect human health.

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force 2017 Report to Congress

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This 2017 report highlights specific examples of progress achieved by the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) and its members. The report also discusses strategies for meeting the HTF’s goals, as well as key lessons the HTF has learned, including the importance of: planning and targeting at a watershed scale; identifying the critical pollutants, their sources, and means of transport; using appropriate models to plan and evaluate implementation; using appropriate monitoring designs to evaluate conservation outcomes; understanding farmers’ attitudes toward conservation practices and working with
them through appropriate messengers to offer financial and technical assistance; and sustaining engagement with the agricultural community following adoption of conservation systems.