WATER

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
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The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. 

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, has filed a lawsuit against three companies after chemical contaminants were found in two of its wells.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
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Two environmental advocacy groups said they are disappointed by an Environmental Protection Agency appeals board decision about the latest phase of cleaning up the Housatonic River.

Massive chunks of ice have been causing problems along the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers.

Thousands Of Mainers Vie For 11 Licenses To Fish Baby Eels

Jan 19, 2018

More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery.

A massive ice jam tore several brackets holding a town water main from the underside of the Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Massachusetts. The span will remain closed until Mass DOT can inspect for structural damage.
Courtesy / Shaun Suhoski, Athol Town Manager

The Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Mass., remains closed after a chunk of ice hit the bridge over the weekend. 

The federal government's top fisheries experts say that three widely used pesticides — including the controversial insecticide chlorpyrifos — are jeopardizing the survival of many species of salmon, as well as orcas that feed on those salmon.

It's a fresh attack on a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency was ready to take off the market a year ago — until the Trump administration changed course.

The Sheffield, Massachusetts town line.
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The owners of the Sheffield, Massachusetts, water system are looking to increase rates by 58 percent. And that will be the subject of a public hearing Wednesday, Jan. 3 in the Berkshire County town.

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A contractor for a natural gas pipeline company improperly dumped thousands of gallons in Agawam, Massachusetts.

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