One community along the Ohio River is using outdoor recreation to boost its economy, kicking off a series about the wonder and worry of the Ohio River Watershed. Plus, the fallout from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s announcement opposing more petrochemical plants in Pennsylvania. A Philly charter school didn’t notify parents when high levels of lead where found in the school’s water fountains.
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- Pittsburgh Mayor’s Comments Set Off Controversy Over Petrochemical Industry’s Impact to Western Pa - Peduto's comments brought backlash from politicians and labor unions and praise from environmental groups.
- Good River Series Celebrates the Ohio - A new collaboration of Ohio Valley newsrooms reports on the environment, economy and culture of the Ohio River. Find out what we'll be covering.
- New Funding to Study Microplastic Pollution Effect on Delaware Bay Blue Crabs - Researchers will use the data to model how ocean currents and other environmental conditions might predict where high levels of microplastics can be found in the ocean.
- Philly School Knew About Toxic Lead in Drinking Water but Kept Parents in the Dark - A charter school did not notify parents when results showed water fountains and sinks failed lead tests, including off-the-charts levels of the neurotoxin.
- How One Ohio River Town Is Using Recreation to Boost Its Economy - In Marietta, where the Muskinghum River enters the Ohio, community leaders are hoping their efforts attract more than tourists.
- Johns Hopkins Researcher: Ban Fracking in Pa. - "I would say because of the regional and local health concerns and concerns about climate change, we should stop fracking–everywhere.”