WATER

Water running from a faucet.
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A plan to decontaminate water in Westfield, Massachusetts, stands a good chance of passing after a city councilor said he'll change his vote.

In nature, fascinating biology can be found on the edges -- intermingled habitats where biodiversity can flourish. Connecticut Public Radio recently traveled to one such edge, what’s called a “head of tide.”

Plastic water bottles.
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A western Massachusetts town has banned the sale of small, single-use bottles of water. 

The activated sludge system, the "heart of the water treatment plant," at Springfield Water and Sewer, where wastewater is treated before going into the Connecticut River, in  2017.
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A draft water pollution permit for a regional wastewater treatment plant on the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts, is now back in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Connecticut and New York are butting heads over a controversial decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to allow dumping of dredged material in Long Island Sound. It’s an unusual split between two states that have been pretty lockstep in suing the EPA.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
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The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

For years, the water at one of Massachusetts’ largest prisons — MCI-Norfolk — has been described by prisoners as smelly and looking like black tea.

Massachusetts Department of Correction officials say the water meets state standards for potability. But they acknowledge there’s a problem in at least some of the samples collected from the prison’s well: elevated levels of the mineral manganese, which can cause health problems including a Parkinson’s disease-like neurological disorder.

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, now has three of its wells off-line.

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. 

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