Specific Hazards: Getting Rid of Hazardous Waste

Many of us from childhood were accustomed to think of a bucket under the sink as universal container, where you can throw anything you want. But not every device or tube can be disposed with other household waste. Read our tips and learn what to do with harmful waste to leave future generations clean air and water.

Household chemicals

These tools give us health and beauty, and our house clean, while being true time bombs for the environment.

What harm can cause household chemicals, if they get to the city dump? Surfactants and abrasives, phenol, formaldehyde, chlorine, acetone, ammonia, bleaches and flavors – this is not a complete list of what is contained in the home care and hygiene products. Once in the environment, these chemicals begin to actively interact with it, impacting primarily on reservoirs. We can help nature in this case in several ways: Read more

California Today: A Fight Over Water in the Mojave

A company’s vision to pump water from the Mojave Desert and sell it to thirsty Southern California cities had looked to some to be a long shot.

Lemon orchards in the Cadiz Valley in 2015

Cadiz Inc., which owns about 50 square miles atop a major aquifer in the Cadiz Valley, has pushed proposals to tap the water since the 1990s. The latest iteration has been mired for years in a thicket of regulatory and legal hurdles.

But a series of developments has invigorated backers of the project, which involves both federal and state jurisdictions.

Investors appear to have taken note. Last month, Cadiz announced up to $255 million in new funding. Read more

Tracing the Waterways Beneath the Sidewalks of New York

When a vein is hard to find beneath a patient’s skin, doctors and nurses will sometimes tap on an arm, making the vessel visible.

A topographical map of New York from 1874 showing original water courses

On Friday afternoon, using blue chalk paint, Stacy Levy plans to palpate a few sidewalks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to visualize the path of a stream, now out of sight, that has been running since ancient times.

Water doesn’t stop flowing because subways, shops and towers are built over streams and ponds. Much of New York before European settlement was a rich, wet archipelago. “Nature is not kicked out of the city,” said Ms. Levy, an environmental artist.

Searching for the city’s vanished waterways has become a form of specialized detective work, much of which begins with the Viele Map. Read more

Water Escapes

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, in northeast Paris, is an urban oasis with lush hills, a Roman-style temple, and water views from almost every area of the park

The New York Times Travel section has published a collection called “On the Water: 10 Favorite Places on European Rivers, Lakes and Coastlines” full of photos and videos of fjords, hot springs and seasides.

What is your favorite escape on or near water, whether an ocean, lake, river, creek, pool or anywhere else? Why do you like it so much? Read more

Keep the Clean Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency just proposed to repeal critical protections for the drinking water of 117 million Americans. After tragedies like Flint, Mich., the toxic algal bloom in Ohio, and countless other tales of polluted waterways, it’s hard to overstate the importance of safe drinking water for all.

In 2015, the Clean Water Rule clarified the streams and rivers protected by the Clean Water Act, our bedrock clean water legislation. The rule also protects wetlands, which help filter out pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, as well as serve as buffers against the fiercest storms. Read more