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- New Jersey’s Algae Bloom Predicament (9/11/2019) - Stories about algae-infested waters have penetrated the news cycle for several summers. Often, they have been about Florida’s “red tide,” but algae blooms occur across the country (and around the world). Warmer temperatures and increased availability of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous from runoff, cause algae to multiply in such a way that they can produce toxic substances, making water unsafe. This summer, Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey is an example of one of those locations. A factor greatly impacting the algae growth is outdated sewer and stormwater systems. With increased rainfall, these systems are unable to perform efficiently,… [...]
- Lake Mead approaching “Tier Zero” (8/23/2019) - The day many have dreaded for years occurred this month when projections indicated that Lake Mead’s level will reach the "Tier Zero" zone as of January 1, 2020; that’s the level at which mandatory cutbacks are activated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. In May, the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan was signed by the states of California, Arizona and Nevada which requires that the states take less water when Lake Meade’s level reaches 1,100 feet above sea level. The plan also creates incentives for additional voluntary conservation of water to Lake Mead by the states. Additionally, Mexico, in a… [...]
- U.S. Ranked 71st in Water Stress (8/23/2019) - Although we often hear about water stress in the United States, the both surprising and alarming statistic is that we, as a country, rank 71st out of 189 countries with water stress: surprising because we feel that our water stresses are pretty bad; alarming because there are so many other places in the world far worse off than we are. World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas identifies “water stress” as a metric of how much water a country uses annually compared to how much is available. The United States uses around 20 percent of its available water and… [...]