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Icky Landfill Leachate

Icky Landfill Leachate

Landfill leachate results when water from precipitation and rotting waste percolate. They may become toxic when high concentrations of organic and inorganic pollutants mix with the liquids. As little as 36 inches of precipitation can result in one million gallons of...

Revising the Definition of WOTUS

Revising the Definition of WOTUS

On November 18, 2021, the EPA Administrator, Michael S. Regan and the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Jaime A. Pinkham, signed a proposed rule to revise the definition of “Water of the United States” (WOTUS) – which phrase governs the geographic...

Metal and Heavy Metal, What is the Difference?

Metal and Heavy Metal, What is the Difference?

Metals are lustrous minerals that conduct heat and electricity to some degree. Other minerals are classified as non-metals or metalloids. Both classes are non-conductive or less conductive than true metals. Metals have been crucially important to the development of...

Water and Energy

Water and Energy

How does energy relate to water use? Water and Energy are often managed separately, despite the important links between the two. Water is used in the production of nearly every major energy source. Likewise, energy is used in multiple ways and multiple steps in water...

What is a Watershed?

What is a Watershed?

What is a watershed and why are they important to us? A watershed is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the land area that drains to one stream, lake or river – affects the water quality in the water body that it surrounds”.  Actually every inch...

Why are Aquifers so Important?

Why are Aquifers so Important?

Aquifers are an important part of a resilient water system. These underground reservoirs bring water to deserts and food to a hungry and growing world. But are we using aquifers in a responsible and sustainable manner?

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