Browse By Tags

  • Proposal to Revise Aluminum and Selenium Water Quality Criteria

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (“WVDEP”) proposed rule revisions for consideration during the 2016 regular legislative session are now available on the WVDEP website, including long-awaited revisions being...
  • A Fish Called...DACA?

    "This is a story about a fish that nearly got Jesus Gutierrez deported." - Austin American-Statesman, Apr. 3, 2013 .
  • Evidence supports association between methylmercury exposure and adverse cardiovascular impacts

    Traditionally, when one considers exposure to methylmercury, adverse impacts upon the brain and kidneys are foremost in any risk assessment. See, for example, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=113&tid=24 . Given the state of the evidence...
  • Fisheries Act Convictions For Discharging Drinking Water

    Two Alberta construction companies have been convicted under the Fisheries Act for rupturing municipal water mains, discharging chlorinated drinking water into storm sewers and fish habitat. Treated municipal drinking water is harmful to fish, which...
  • Can dead zones (hypoxic waters) cause deformities in sexual organs of fish? Interesting study suggests it can.

    Prior posts have described the scope and potential causes for the "dead zone" (low oxygen) in the Gulf of Mexico; the zone exists for part of the year, and its scope has been expanding over time. Nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus) from various...
  • Acidification of Oceans May Affect the Brains of Fish

    Yesterday's post noted some of the adverse consequences that are likely to arise from acidification of oceans. Another recent study shows that such acidification can influence the behavior of fish because of impacts on their brains; the response of...
  • Further Asian Carp Barriers Proposed

    Efforts continue to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan through the Chicago waterway system. The latest proposal under consideration by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is to install controls at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet,...
  • Less Environmental Enforcement = More Private Prosecutions?

    When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can...
  • Cheese Whey Spill: $80,000 Fine

    By Meredith James Even seemingly innocuous substances, like human food and drink, can be hazardous to the natural environment. And spills of food and drink must be reported. Silani Sweet Cheese Limited manufactures a cheese at a facility in Bradford...
  • How do schools of fish maneuver together? Watch the trees, not the forest

    Watching large schools of fish maneuver with the grace of a water ballet leads to an obvious question: How do so many animals spread over what is often many yards coordinate their activities with such precision? They keep an eye on their immediate neighbors...