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Clean Water for the Three Rivers

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Clean Water for the Three Rivers

Building green infrastructure and protecting forests can reduce the amount of stormwater that overwhelms Allegheny County's sewage system and pollutes the region’s waterways.

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The leading cause of reduced water quality in rivers and streams is pollution from farms - fertilizer, pesticides and animal manure.

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New Factsheets: Accidents Waiting to Happen

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New Factsheets: Accidents Waiting to Happen

Across the country, thousands of miles of waterways are threatened by at least one of five major potential sources of contamination: coal ash pits, oil pipelines and trains, fracking wastewater pits, animal waste lagoons, and toxic chemical storage facilities. These five factsheets provide summaries of each threat, with recommendations for protecting America's waterways now and in the future.

Animal Feeding Operations in the Path of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

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Animal Feeding Operations in the Path of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Hurricane Florence is projected to affect major agricultural regions of North Carolina and neighboring states, where manure storage in lagoons is common. Leakage from or failure of animal waste lagoons can pose a significant risk to water quality and wildlife, as animal waste contains an array of dangerous bacteria and other pollutants.

Coal Ash Ponds: An Unacceptable Risk at Water’s Edge

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Coal Ash Ponds: An Unacceptable Risk at Water’s Edge

Ten years ago, one million tons of toxic waste spilled into the Clinch and Emory Rivers in Tennessee, forcing evacuations, devastating a river and a community, and, as alleged by a recently-filed lawsuit, causing the eventual deaths of at least 30 cleanup workers. The waste came not from an oil pipeline or a fracking site, but from a coal plant.

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