Sewage Contamination and Beach Closings

April 29th 2011

EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Initiative to Curb Sewage Overflows

The U.S. EPA today announced a new initiative to protect water quality by promoting the use of green infrastructure—rain gardens, trees, wetlands, green roofs, pervious pavement, and rain collection devices—to absorb storm water before it overwhelms community sewers, thereby preventing … Continue reading

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October 27th 2010

Toledo, Ohio Agrees to Reduce Sewer Overflows

Lake Erie tributaries such as the Maumee and Ottawa Rivers and Swan Creek overflow with sewage during storm surges because of Toledo’s old combined sewer system. Sewage overflows are one of the biggest challenges to the restoration of the Great … Continue reading

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October 19th 2010

New Report Examines $ 1 Billion Green Infrastructure Investment from Recovery Act

A new report by American Rivers documents how the nation’s demand for green infrastructure—projects that restore nature’s ability to absorb and purify water— is higher than ever. The new report—“Putting Green to Work: Economic Recovery Investments for Clean and Reliable … Continue reading

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May 14th 2010

Congress Considers Opening the Spigot for Safe Drinking Water

The Great Lakes serve up drinking water for 40 million people, but the region’s infrastructure is old and in need of improvement. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that the Great Lakes need about $75 billion to fix our … Continue reading

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October 6th 2009

IJC meeting to focus on sewage overflows and other water quality problems affecting the Great Lakes

Fish on pharmaceuticals, alien invaders and poo in the Great Lakes will be on the agenda  Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 7-8) when the International Joint Commission hold its  biennial meeting in Windsor, Ontario. The commission, which mediates Great Lakes and … Continue reading

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