Recent Water Quality Articles

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Get Down With Rainwater Collection

Posted by Katie Marks | Apr 04, 2014

Right now, the wet stuff is pouring outside; it's raining so hard that it looks a lot like someone is sitting on a cloud and upending bathtubs over the side, watching the water cascade...

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10 Disturbing Water Scarcity Facts

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 25, 2014

Friday, 21 March marked World Water Day, a consciousness-raising global event to make people aware of ongoing water scarcity, particularly in the Global South. While many of us in places...

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How Much Water do You Use?

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 11, 2014

The planet's covered in blue stuff, but the old saying still goes: "water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink." Globally, water needs are outstripping supply, even as potable...

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Citizen Science: How Radioactive is the Ocean?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 11, 2014

As the nuclear plant at Fukushima Daiichi has been plagued with problems, including the release of radiation into the Pacific Ocean, many scientists from around the world have grown...

Rivers are one of our most precious, and most fragile, natural resources.   Photo: Penywise/Morguefile

The Lowdown on 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 14, 2014

West Virginia has made headlines across the country this week with a major chemical spell that leaked 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the water supply, forcing officials to issue...

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Car Washing the Eco-Friendly Way

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 28, 2013

This time of year, my car gets absolutely filthy. I live on the end of a long dirt road and after months without rain, even driving at five miles an hour kicks up a huge plume of dust...

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Cleaning Filthy Water With Bugs and Slime?

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 16, 2013

You know how they say it takes one to know one? Researchers in Australia took this to a new level recently with the development of a water filter based on bugs and slime that cleans...

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BYO Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria

Posted by Katie Marks | Aug 15, 2013

Plants need nitrogen to grow: it's a key part of the process they use to derive nutrition from the environment. Unfortunately, most require a source of nitrogen in the soil around them;...