Tag Archives: Water Pollution

Time to Put Away the Fertilizer

Are you still applying fertilizer to your lawn?  Or is your lawn care company still coming like clock work to apply chemicals even though you’ve got Christmas lights hanging in the bushes? This late in the season there is really no benefit to applying those chemicals, and you risk polluting local waterways with excessive nitrogen. Read More →

Beekeepers, Neonicotinoids & the Pollinator Protection Act

Beekeepers Come Out to Support the Proposed MD Bill About Neonicotinoids “This place is a hive of activity,” one man quipped as beekeepers entered the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit dressed in their white canvas suits in Annapolis, MD last night. They had come, mesh hoods hanging down their backs, to show support for the proposed Pollinator Protection Read More →

Help Me Tell Stories about the Urban Environment

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just joined the Beacon journalism project, and starting this February I’ll be writing stories about the urban environment for a project called “Greening the City.” I have always been fascinated by the intersection of nature and people in crowded urban spaces, and the ways in which green space can make Read More →

Finding Microplastic Trash in the Chesapeake Bay

Litter is easy to see along the urban shores of the Chesapeake Bay. On any given day, things like food containers, disposable bottles and tangled fishing lines float along almost any stretch of the Anacostia, Potomac, Severn, and Patuxent Rivers. After storms, plastic bags cling to tree branches along streams in those watersheds like socks hung out to dry. There’s Read More →

The Only Thing Fertilizer on the Sidewalk Grows is More Pollution

Here is a simple way to save money and improve water quality in local streams: do not leave fertilizer on the sidewalk. It will not make anything grow, except water pollution. What I mean is, when you are done spreading the fertilizer, go back and check the  sidewalks and driveway.  If you see excess pellets Read More →

Stories about Urban Rivers at the DC Environmental Film Festival

The DC Environmental Film Festival is up and running this week at locations throughout DC.  A lot of this year’s films are focused on urban rivers.  On Sunday, feeling a lot like a salmon swimming upstream, I battled my way through the crowd attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Constitution Avenue and slipped into the Read More →

Urban Waters Daily Debuts

Blue Water Baltimore, the non-profit group dedicated to achieving clean water in that city’s rivers, streams and harbor, has decided to publish a round up of news related to the topic of urban waters, called the Urban Waters Daily. For someone like me who is obsessed with urban ecology, this website could quickly become a Read More →

Dangerous Catch in the Anacostia

An excellent feature story appeared on the DC City Paper blog  last month about the dangers of fishing in Washington’s heavily polluted Anacostia River . Although raw sewage and toxic chemicals abound, so do anglers who catch — and eat — the fish they pull out of the water each day.  As efforts continue to clean the Read More →

Is “The Pill” increasing estrogen in drinking water?

Is the pill increasing estrogen amounts in our drinking water? A new report in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology says no. Finding the source for estrogen in water has become a hot topic in the last few years, since increased hormones in the environment have been linked to many human health Read More →