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We Are There At The Animas River Spill

On Wednesday, August 8, the EPA unleashed a massive deluge of contaminated water from an abandoned gold mine into the Animas River. Water Defense arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and immediately began conducting tests for contamination. 

Your donation empowers Water Defense to respond to contamination events wherever they occur, to provide transparent water quality data that holds polluters accountable, and to leave communities equipped to defend the water they rely on.

How We Fingerprint the Water Column

Learn about Water Defense's unique water testing methodology. Download PDF here.

California Farmers Are Watering Their Crops With Oil Wastewater, And No One Knows What’s In It

As California farmers face a fourth year of the state’s historic drought, they’re finding water in unexpected places — like Chevron’s Kern River oil field, which has been selling recycled wastewater from oil production to farmers in California’s Kern County...

Water Defense Reveals Oil Waste Used to Irrigate Crops

In a front page, above the fold feature, the LA Times published the details of Water Defense’s damning investigation into the use of oil wastewater on crops in California’s Central Valley...

Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Los Angeles Times
by Julie Cart

Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.

Oil giant Chevron recycles 21 million gallons of that water each day and sells it to farmers who use it on about 45,000 acres of crops, about 10% of Kern County's farmland.

Water Defense Sundarbans Oil Spill Response Campaign Update

We are happy to announce: Water Defense has finally received the funds raised via the Sundarbans Indiegogo Campaign this week

We raised $59,413, which is well over our initial target of $40,000 to assist with the post-spill clean-up efforts that are underway in the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.

Thank you for your support.

It’s mid-January and 2015 already feels so complete. I guess that's the manifest beauty of seeds sown in 2014. I am so glad we are sending a team to the Sundarbans!

Water Defense Preliminary Cumulative Water Testing Cape Cod, Nantucket, & Toledo, OH

One of Water Defense’s key projects has been to develop new ways to monitor and re-mediate the contaminants responsible for toxic cyanobacteria blooms like the one that shut down the drinking supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio. Our goal is to help prevent situations like Toledo, OH from happening again.

Cyanobacteria / Toxins in Toledo, Ohio Drinking Water: Water Defense is There

On August 2nd 2014, a state of emergency was declared in Toledo, Ohio shutting down the drinking water supply for 500,000 people.

Water Defense to the Rescue

by Dr. Sarah Oktay, Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station
Yesterday's Island, Today's Nantucket

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