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Water Quality

Pittsburgh Triathlon Plans More Water Testing

More people are taking part in triathlons in the U.S., races that include running, biking, and swimming. But in some cities jumping into the water can be a health concern, especially in places where sewage overflows in the water after it rains. This year the Pittsburgh Triathlon is increasing river testing before the event, to ensure the water is clean enough.

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News Analysis: What Killed Dunkard Creek?

Most of the aquatic animals that live in a thirty mile stretch of Dunkard Creek died in 2009. The creek runs from Morgantown, West Virginia into Greene County, Pennsylvania. Regulatory investigators spent months trying to figure out what happened.

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Floating Lab Monitors Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the U.S. and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation. A state-of-the-art research vessel the “Muskie” is currently making its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Counties Look to Use Gas Money to Study Groundwater

Two of Pennsylvania’s most drilled on counties are looking to apply for a new state grant program to study groundwater quality.

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A Real Return to Nature: Green Burials are Becoming Popular

Every year Americans spend $12 billion on funerals. While the funeral service sector says it provides a safe, dignified way to bury the dead, some say the environment is paying a high price for conventional burials. Green burials are a new option.

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EPA Water Study: 55% Streams, Rivers in Poor Condition

The Environmental Protection Agency’s first comprehensive survey of river health found that 55 percent of streams and rivers in the U.S. are in poor condition. What’s worse, for our area, is that a greater percentage of waterways east of the Mississippi were in poorer health than those to the west.

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Study: Fluids CAN Travel From Marcellus Through Drilling

In a surprising finding to many--naturally occurring briny water from the Marcellus shale rock layer has migrated up into underground aquifers in Pennsylvania. That's according to new information from scientists at Duke University.

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Bass Diseased and Dying, But DEP Says PFBC's Claims of River Impairment Need More Study

Open sores and lesions, black spots, and intersex characteristics have been appearing in young smallmouth bass in a central Pennsylvania

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Budget Deal Slashes State Funding for Environmental Protection, Takes Wolves Off Endangered Species List

The 2010 budget hashed out by Congress and President Obama last week drastically cuts state and local funding for clean air and water and

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Funding Cuts Could Bite Deep into Great Lakes Restoration

Federal cuts are already projected to reduce Great Lakes cleanup funding by 25-percent and environmental groups worry that Congress could

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