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County has new, safer options for prescription drug disposal

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If you’ve been flushing unused medications down the toilet, it’s time to stop.

Doing so in the past has led to widespread contamination of water supplies, because wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove these compounds.

Throwing drugs into the...

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12 projects selected to apply for WIFIA loans

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The nation’s water infrastructure got some great news in July: The Environmental Protection Agency chose 12 projects to apply for the first Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans.

You may recall that we wrote extensively about WIFIA, starting back in 2012. Former LCA general manager and chief financial officer, Aurel Arndt,...

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How are you celebrating Water Quality Month?

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August is National Water Quality Month, a time to celebrate — and appreciate — the role that clean, drinkable water plays in our lives.

We’ve compiled a list of 9 things that you can do show your appreciation for, and commitment to, clean water. But don’t just do them this month: Every month should be Water...

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Toxic algae blooms, runoff, and robots

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The good news is that there’s a new ally in the fight against toxic algae: underwater robots.
The bad news is that the algal blooms on Lake Erie “are expected to be worse than normal this year, well above the size at which they can potentially become harmful to aquatic life and even humans,” according...

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Clean waterways are healthy waterways

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We’re blessed with an abundance of waterways in the Lehigh Valley — ponds, lakes, rivers and streams all give us ample opportunity for swimming, boating, and fishing. Anglers are especially lucky, as the region boasts a number of high-quality trout streams.

There are steps we can all take in order to keep these waterways healthy, though...

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Watering properly is key to healthy plants — and conservation

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We’ve been fortunate this summer — so far — with a fair amount of rain that’s been keeping lawns green and gardens growing. Still, there are times when plants need a little more than Mother Nature is providing.

 We’ve blogged many times about using rain barrels to help conserve water, but watering properly also helps...

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Fireflies could wink out without some bright conservation ideas

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Some summer rituals are universal: picnics and red, ripe watermelon; afternoons in the water to beat the heat; and chasing fireflies across the lawn as they light up the night.

Yet one of those rituals is in danger of vanishing. Over the past decade, and probably much longer, fireflies have been blinking out of existence. As...

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Love Monarchs? Consider creating a butterfly garden to save them

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Monarchs are probably among the most well-known butterflies — they’re certainly easy to identify with their orange and black wings.

We're seeing fewer every year, though, and scientists are concerned enough that the U.S. Fish and...

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This inspiring mom hauls clean water to 250 homes every month

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Moms do so much for us, and none of us would be here without them. So on this Mother’s Day weekend, we wanted to share an inspiring story about one mother (actually, a grandmother!) who goes above and beyond to take care of an entire community.

Darlene Arviso, known as “The Water Lady,” hauls water for Navajo...

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No back yard? No problem - you can compost almost anywhere

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At LCA, we’re always looking for ways to reduce the use of fertilizers — and it’s no secret we’re big fans of composting

But not everyone has an ample back yard, and not every municipality allows compost piles. So what can a would-be composter do? Here are a few ideas.

Drop it off

A number of...

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