Everyone wants clean water—in their taps, in the rivers we increasingly use for swimming and boating, or even just in the valleys we see as we drive around. But what does it take to make our water clean? This week the Allegheny Front begins a series called Ripple Effects: Water Pollution & New Solutions, to explore the latest efforts to clean up our region's waterways.
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority plans to spend more than $2 billion to build miles of new underground tunnels, and to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. Some clean river advocates are pushing for alternatives, like green infrastructure. We begin our series Ripple Effects: Water Pollution & New Solutions with a look at the debate over sewage in the waterways.
Pennsylvania's climate change forecast is wet. More frequent and increasingly intense storms than in the past are expected. One community which has already faced devastating floods is finding that a particular kind of green infrastructure called a bioswale could be part of the solution.
Natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania are producing so much waste water from fracking that they're asking the U.S. Coast Guard to allow it to be transported via barges. However, the Coast Guard won't approve it if it doesn't know what's in the waste water.
Pennsylvania is home to thousands of dams—structures built to hold back water in rivers and streams. But for most of the past decade, the Commonwealth has topped the list for the most dam removals in any state. We decided to visit one recently removed dam.
Keeping polluted fracking wastewater out of the Allegheny River is one of the Marcellus Shale topics award-winning energy reporter Laura Legere's been keeping an eye on. She's also looking into new Pennsylvania shale gas well inspections. Legere spoke recently to The Allegheny Front about her work and the latest in shale news.
Chemist, longtime activist, and MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' grant winner Wilma Subra speaks with The Allegheny Front about working with people worried about industrial pollution around their homes. The 70-year-old Louisiana resident says she'll only rest when and if "industrial facilities operated appropriately and didn’t have any impact on the communities."
Plastics are a part of modern life—they’re in everything. Plastics are even in our skin care products. Exfoliating beads called microbeads in many facial scrubs are made of plastic, and they’re making an appearance in a new study that looks at how much plastic ends up in the Great Lakes, and how it gets there. The little beads may mean big problems for wildlife and human health.
The U.S. Coast Guard, which regulates the country’s waterways, will allow shale gas companies to ship fracking wastewater on the nation’s rivers and lakes under a proposed policy published Wednesday.
People have been fighting to protect the environment from human progress for decades. A movie scheduled for the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh portrays the history of the movement, from the founding of the Sierra Club, to families fighting for justice in Love Canal, to the current concerns over climate change.