Water Collection, Contamination and More Making Headlines
rainwater collection to water contamination, stories involving water can affect
all of us. Here are a few of our latest and most popular stories on the
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) recently signed legislation allowing residents to use
barrels to capture rainwater dripping off their rooftops. The measure becomes
effective in August.
reporter Tripp Baltz reports that
supporters call it a common-sense measure, but the legislation has been surprisingly
contentions and failed in two prior sessions. He has the story for subscribers in Rain
Barrel Collection of Water Legalized in Colorado.
In New York,
four forms of a chemical used in making nonstick cookware have been classified
as hazardous substances under emergency and proposed regulations
announced by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, reports Gerald B. Silverman.
These steps were
taken after the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid was found in the drinking water
supply for Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
contamination was discovered, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) in January ordered emergency
regulations to classify perfluorooctanoic as a hazardous substance and to have
a plastics plant operated by Saint-Gobain Corp. immediately added to the state
Superfund list. Silverman has the latest story for subscribers in Emergency
Rules in New York Aim to Curb Water Contamination.
mid-Atlantic area, the
third wave of watershed-level plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay will not be
in place by the December 2018 deadline, the halfway point for states in the
watershed to have all their restoration strategies in place, Chesapeake Bay
Commission staff said Friday.
Ann Swanson, the
tri-state commission's executive director, told representatives from
Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland to expect a “slip” in the timeline mostly
because of a delay in the land-use data that states are collecting for each
affected watershed, reports Amena H.
She covers the news in Chesapeake Bay
Watershed Plans Behind Schedule.