#waterroundup for June 8th, 2018

The week in water news has been as varied as ever, but don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. From water scarcity to dangerous new wellness trends and everything in between, here’s the weekly water roundup:


California’s largest lake is dying, leaving toxic dust behind

On May 29th, 2009, Michelle Dugan and her family began the 600-mile trip from El Centro, California to the Bay Area, where she was set to attend her college orientation. They left late Friday evening, driving through the dusty Imperial Valley landscape and its endless fields of onions, spinach, and alfalfa.

Another fascinating take by The Verge, where they take a look at what water security issues at California’s Salton Sea mean for air quality. A great reminder that water quality fundamentally informs every level of a local community’s health.


Earth’s dismal water future, mapped

Satellite data and images are provocative, even disturbing. They confront us with a global view that can be at once breathtaking, like a piece of art, and yet, in this era of rapidly changing climate, they paint a picture of the demise of the environment.

Water security is a growing concern in more than just California’s deserts, but also around the entire world. A fascinating map and analysis compiled by the LA Times with NASA data takes a look at how water security issues worryingly fall in line with both global inclement levels and even across important boundaries here in the United States.


What’s delaying greater improvements to Chesapeake Bay water quality? | WTOP

WASHINGTON – An agreement among Chesapeake Bay watershed states and the feds to improve the health of the bay is now at the halfway point toward 2025 goals, and a new report card notes progress and failures.

Watersheds can be large and expansive areas, so their management can often rely upon the cooperation of multiple local groups. In the Chesapeake Bay, bodies from a number of states must come together to ensure that their shared water source continues on healthily, but not all states may be quite as invested.


Is your office water bottle a health hazard? We swabbed ours to find out

Many of us keep reusable bottles of water on our desks, yet almost none of us give a moment’s thought to the millions of bacteria, existing across a scale that goes from “harmless” to “hospital superbug”, that fester within them.

We all love to tote around our favorite bottles for hydration’s sake, but a few weeks back The Telegraph took a look at what may be lingering inside. Fair warning, you may want to give your canteen a good clean.


Read This Before You Grab 1 of Those Trendy Selenium-Infused Waters

When I first spotted a liter of selenium-infused water in a local Spin studio, the first question that came to my mind was, why? Selenium is not a mineral that we typically focus on because the risk for deficiency is low in the United States, however it’s an essential nutrient meaning it must be consumed in the diet.

As the sands of time flow, so too another trend in water has emerged; this time it’s selenium-infused H2O. Popsugar took a look at why this one may be more than just the harmless fad that most are, and the dangers that it may cause.

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