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Archive: September 2021 Blog Posts

  • Historic Call on the Colorado River Highlights Water Management Concerns
  • September 23rd, 2021 — by Olivia Deans — Category: Natural Disasters

  • Many states are facing historic drought conditions, drastically magnifying the importance of water use and allocation in the western states. Water shortages affect the people and ecosystems of many states that rely on the Colorado River. For the first time in history, the Bureau of Reclamation announced a call on the Colorado River due to low water levels.

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  • “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water: A Minnesota Case Study on PFAS
  • September 15th, 2021 — by Cody Bahr — Category: Water Quality

  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are a group of more than 5,000 chemicals that have been used since the 1960s. PFAS are present in a multitude of products across a variety of industries, including nonstick Teflon™ cookware coatings, water-, grease-, and stain-repellents and fire-retardants for clothing, as well as textiles, carpeting, and lining paper products, such as takeout containers. 3M was one of the first companies to use PFAS in their products.

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  • Court Will Consider Clean Water Act and Water Appropriation Permits for Line 3 Pipeline
  • September 9th, 2021 — by Olivia Deans — Category: Clean Water Act Environmental Justice

  • This summer, construction of the Line 3 pipeline generated a lot of controversy, with several protests demanding a stop to construction. Enbridge, a large energy infrastructure company, is planning to construct a 340-mile pipeline called Line 3. The pipeline construction is planned to replace an outdated, existing pipeline that stretches from Alberta, Canada to the Wisconsin coast on Lake Michigan.

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