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August 14 2012


Cleaning a River That Was Given Up for Dead

Acknowledging the extent of the contamination is just the first challenge in tackling a project as big as detoxifying a river, especially one that was as abused as the Passaic.

August 06 2012


On Our Radar: Oklahoma's Wildfires

Some people who were evacuated are allowed to return home, but the blazes continue in pockets in the northeastern part of the state.

August 03 2012


On Our Radar: Hunger in North Korea

Floods have swept away crops and damaged wells and pumping stations, leaving many without food or clean drinking water, a United Nations agency said.

August 02 2012


Big Drought Makes for a Small 'Dead Zone'

Because of a lack of rain in the Midwest, far less fertilizer was flushed into rivers and far less nitrates reached the Gulf of Mexico, slowing the process that depletes oxygen there.

July 25 2012


How to Rebuild the Mississippi Delta

Last year's diversion of the Mississippi through a spillway suggests that when ideally chosen, such diversions can restore valuable land to the disappearing delta.

July 20 2012


Southwestern Drought, in Fact and Film

While drought is big news in much of the United States this summer, in the Southwest, it has become virtually a given. Its impact on the Colorado River is the focus of a new crop of books and documentaries.

April 25 2012


March 30 2012


Upstate vs. Downstate: A Slow Boil Over Water Issues

People all around the Catskills and up and down the Delaware River are complaining about New York City's management of the watershed that supplies the city's drinking water.

March 27 2012


$1.2 Million Fine for Indian Point Fire

The fine is viewed as a slap of a wrist in the context of a broader struggle by New York State officials to shut down the nuclear plant.

March 23 2012


On Our Radar: Polluted Rivers

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into American rivers, lakes and streams every year, federal figures show.

March 15 2012


On Our Radar: The Dead Zone in the Gulf

Environmental groups say they want tougher wastewater rules to combat practices that have turned the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico into a "sewer."

March 13 2012


A Greener Strategy for New York's Runaway Sewage

An accord is reached on investments in infrastructure for preventing storm water from overwhelming New York City's sewage system and polluting creeks and rivers.

March 08 2012


2 Manmade Marshes: One Planted, One Left to Nature

Ultimately, the plant life that flourished in each marsh was roughly identical. But the unplanted one sequestered more carbon.

February 13 2012


A Street View for Rivers

Two surfers embark on a five-year Internet project to document the state of the nation's rivers with a view from the waters. One aim is to show pollution levels.

February 09 2012


Debating a Resort for the Adirondacks

A state park agency has approved a sprawling resort project that could help revive the limping economy of Tupper Lake. Environmentalists fear that it will set a dangerous precedent and jeopardize the area's natural riches.

February 08 2012


On Our Radar: A Subglacial Lake

Scientists say they have drilled down through ice and reached Lake Vostok, the largest of more than 280 lakes under the thick ice that covers most of the Antarctic continent. It has been sealed from light and air for millions of years. If evidence of life is found there, it could boost hopes of finding life in similar conditions in icy water on one of the moons of Jupiter.

Hatcheries vs. Wild Salmon

Salmon populations in California's Mokelumne watershed are on the rise, but it turns out that only 4 percent are of wild origins.
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