water quality

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 2)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)

Who's Afraid of the Clean Water Act?

The long-awaited Clean Water Act draft rules were released in a document known as the "Waters of the United States," marking one of the most substantial steps towards improved US water quality in years. One problem though: Some industries think it is governmental overreach.

Dark Water Sheds Light on Animals and Oil Spills

Dark Water, a new play now on stage in New York City, tells the story of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the eyes of the animals. The play holds a mirror up to human behavior and asks, "What kind of a future do we want?" Right now it's looking like one filled with environmental disasters.

I Don't Want No Scrub

Plastic microbeads from cosmetic products are filling up our lakes and rivers. New York State is the first seeking to ban them, and others aren't far behind.

Our Heroes: Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper

The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]

Our Heroes: Marc Yaggi of Waterkeeper Alliance

Today Ecocentric kicks off the latest installment of Our Heroes with "Know Your Waterkeeper," a short series of weekly interviews with Waterkeepers from around the country. First up is Waterkeeper Alliance Executive Director Marc Yaggi, who turned his childhood love of water into a long-standing career, making water protection a main focus of his life.

West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Causes Water Crisis

The industrial chemical spill that fouled Charleston, West Virginia's waterways is serious, and Ecocentric provides a rundown of the developing story, a collection of peoples' experiences as shared via social media and other ways to follow its aftermath.

Water Hogs: Smithfield Pork Deal Trades US Water for Waste

It turns out the monumental merger between two giant pork producers, Smithfield and Shaunghui, was a foregone conclusion. One big question lingers: Was the deal a trade of water for waste? The first of three posts about the possible limits to global meat production.

Quake's Up? Fracking the Ocean and California's Central Valley

Should The Golden State allow fracking offshore in the Pacific and atop the Monterey Shale? Impacts are being felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles; given the earthquakes triggered by injection wells in less seismically active places, there remain concerns about doing so next door to the San Andreas Fault.

Power Plants Kill Fish! OK, What Can We Do?

After 40 years of bureaucratic paralysis and continued decimation of the nation's ecosystems and fisheries, hundreds of the power plants - now 40, 50 or 60 years old - still use antiquated, once-through cooling systems. After missing yet another deadline, will the US EPA ever rein in these plants' massive water use? And what can we do in the meantime?

Water - and Us - in the ''Anthropocene''

In late May, water scientists gathered at a conference and issued a stark warning about global freshwater challenges in this "Anthropocene" era. Yet their recommendations for research, scientific training and ecosystem-friendly solutions fell short of what's needed: a recognition of humanity's place in the web of life.

EcoChat: Gasland Part II: Courting Controversy, Driving a Movement

To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.

Fracking in the Nation's Vegetable Patch

The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.

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