Green Energy – Understanding Metal Pollution of Our Water

There is a great and false belief that Green Energy technologies are clean and better for the environment than conventional technologies. The misinformation is perpetuated due to the fact that very few Americans have education in the sciences. Indeed, to the casual observer, the wind farm or solar panel farm appears without smoke and odors and strikes us as being far gentler than a nasty old coal-fired power plant. But…

Safe Water ! Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

I always take the greatest care to not sound water alarms when science and truth contradict my concerns. Some alerts, however like those over fracking and the situation in Flint, are very real and very much deserving of our concern, and remedial action. It never ceases to amaze me the shortcuts and bastardization of safe practices that municipalities take with drinking water, often escaping scrutinization of the public. One such…

Backpack-able Water Purifiers – Are They Safe?

Recently a friend of ours bragged about his 2-week camping trip that allowed him to become an expert on portable water treatment. And here I am with a degree in Biology and 35 years experience, still learning about water. Boy, you can imagine how stupid I felt when I realized that instead of all that hard work I could have just gone camping for a couple weeks to become a water expert.…