Beware of Blue-Green Algae in Illinois Lakes and Streams

Blue-green algae is an issue in Illinois lakes and streams. Also known as cyanobacteria, these microscopic organisms occur naturally and can reproduce very quickly in warm, shallow, undisturbed surface water in direct sunlight, according to the Illinois Environmental...

Berry’s Creek in N.J. Slated for $332 Million EPA Cleanup

The Berry’s Creek Study Area in Bergen County, N.J. is in for a major cleanup. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed off on the $332 million cleanup on Sept. 25, designed to address a major share of the contamination within the...

Progress Underway at Gowanus Canal Superfund Site

The Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn, New York recently received a major cash infusion. In May, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed it reached a $100 million agreement with the National Grid, which will go toward cleanup efforts near the head of the...

Hawaii Volcano Eruptions Spike Fear the West Coast is Next

Hawaii’s Big Island has been rocked by volcanic eruption since May 3. During the first four weeks of eruptions, emergency officials estimate approximately 2,500 residents were forced to evacuate. At least 75 structures were also destroyed by this natural disaster. As...

This U.S. City is Leading the Solar Energy Movement

California is known as an environmentally-forward state, so it’s probably not surprising to learn that Los Angeles has more installed solar panels than any other U.S. city. Announced in April, this honor follows a 44% rise in solar installation over the past year,...

Combating the Stink Bug: 5 Tips to Get Rid of These Pests

If you live on the East Coast, you’re probably all too familiar with stink bugs. The first crop of these smelly pests were documented in Allentown, PA in the mid-1990s, according to USA Today. They’re assumed to have hitched a ride to the U.S. in shipping containers...

Newark, NJ Set to Receive $400,000 in EPA Brownfields Grants

Newark, NJ is about to become a little healthier, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency. The city is one of 144 communities chosen to receive Brownfields environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. The big news was announced in April,...

EPA Allocates $300,000 in Brownfield Grants to Springfield, Mo.

Springfield, Mo. is getting a cleanup. In April, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed it had selected 144 communities to receive Brownfields environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants. A total of $54.3 million in funding will be...

EPA Taking Action to Reduce Phosphorus Nutrient Sources in Lake Erie

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fighting back against the rapidly-expanding algae problem in Lake Erie. Released in March, the United States’ has created a domestic action plan to lower the amount of phosphorus — a nutrient that largely contributes to the...