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Toxic Runoff Yellow and Other Paint Colors Sourced From Polluted Streams


Science & Tech  (tags: Guy Riefler, Professor at Ohio University, study of polluted streams, toxic runoff, metal-laden waters, ferric oxyhydroxides, rich colors, paint pigments, cleaning up streams, creating art )

Judy
- 398 days ago - blogs.smithsonianmag.com
When Guy Riefler started as an undergrad he intended to spend his career cleaning up pollution. As a professor at Ohio University, he made acid mine drainage, the environmental bane of the area in and around Athens, Ohio--a major focus of his research.



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Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Thursday July 25, 2013, 3:35 pm
noted, thanks
 

John Gregoire (255)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:34 am
and now we have cafo dairy farms giving whole new meaning to point source and pollution!
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:33 am
Sheesh
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:59 pm
noted & read
 

Jaime A. (32)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:28 pm
Thanks.!
 

GGmaSheila D. (163)
Friday July 26, 2013, 5:36 pm
Even though not yet perfected, this is exciting. Every little bit of water cleanup helps and using these polluted streams makes it better. Noted with thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:20 pm
I found the "painting" made from this to be beautiful....strangely so.

Thanks Judy, for the article.
 

Judy C. (106)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:28 pm
Thank you, everyone. I thought this was a very ingenious way to not only clean up some pollution, but to transform it into something beautiful, and also to bring attention to the toxic pollutants in these waterways in a very concrete manner.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:11 pm
I like it! How would the cleaned water get back into the stream? Is the production facility going to be at the old mining site?
 
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