Talking Under Water Episode 2: Pollution in Waterways

June 23, 2020

Second podcast discusses plastic pollution and water scarcity

In the second episode of Talking Under Water: One Water, One Podcast, hosts Storm Water Solutions Managing Editor Lauren Baltas, Water Quality Products Managing Editor Amy McIntosh and Water & Wastes Digest Managing Editor Bob Crossen discuss plastic pollution in waterways. On June 8, World Oceans Day 2018 highlighted the plastic waste problem and the editors continue the discussion by examining plastic waste sources and microplastics in bottled water.

Additionally, the editors share insights from their recent trip to the American Water Works Assn. Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018 (ACE 2018) held this year in Las Vegas, Nev. The drought prone region kept the theme of water scarcity and Day Zero at the forefront of their minds as the team visited Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. The podcast concludes with highlights and teasers for the upcoming July issues of the editor’s respective magazines.

Listen to the full episode in the SoundCloud player below or visit the Talking Under Water SoundCloud Page. Talking Under Water also is available on iTunes and Google Play

Show notes and news links:

World Oceans Day 2018 Focuses on Plastic Waste Contamination

On June 8, World Oceans Day 2018 evoked a global response to the single-use plastic waste problem contaminating ocean waters. The editor’s discuss the annual day, coordinated by The Ocean Project, and how to reduce your plastic footprint.

Chicago River Summit Spurs Discussion of a Garbage-Free River

WQP and SWS editors attended the Chicago River Summit this spring and bring lessons from the summit into the discussion.

EPA Requires Plastic Manufacturers to Protect Waterways

On a federal scale, the U.S. EPA required two Southern California plastics manufacturers to prevent plastic pollution and pay penalties for past violations.

WHO Launches Research on Microplastics in Bottled Water

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an investigation into microplastics in bottled water, following the release of a study that investigated more than 250 bottles from 11 brands across nine countries and found an average of 10 plastic particles per liter of water.

Puget Sound Mussels Absorb Traces of Opioids From Storm Water Runoff

Scientists have found traces of opioids for the first time in mussel tissue in Puget Sound, Wash., and expect storm water runoff and wastewater discharge is to blame.

Talking Under Water is the premier podcast for the water industry, including municipal and industrial water and wastewater, residential water treatment, storm water management and erosion control. It is produced in coordination between Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Water Quality Products (WQP) and Storm Water Solutions (SWS). The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, storm water and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS.

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