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Costa Rica’s black water falls short of green expectations

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Situated on Costa Rica’s central Pacific Coast is the small community and wildlife preserve of Playa Ostional. Famous as the destination of the Olive Ridley turtles’ arribadas, the town also works toward sustainability, including the management of its water resources. Tomás Chavarría, president of the community-managed water service in Ostional, … Continue reading

No easy solution for Tárcoles contamination

HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Some rivers in Costa Rica are among the most polluted in Central America after decades of contamination – sewage, runoff from plantations and industry – but the Tárcoles River takes the grand prize.  The Tárcoles River pollution is predominantly sewage and fecal contamination, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and infections in … Continue reading

Flocks of tourists challenge Monteverde’s wastewater systems

Ever since tourism to Monteverde started growing exponentially in the 1990s, homeowners and businesses have been struggling to help keep the area’s water filtration hygienic. Monteverde, like many other Latin American rural areas, practices a method of separating the town´s wastewater before it is cleaned and dumped back into the creeks and rivers. “El agua … Continue reading

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