Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Lineup Announced for SXSW Eco 2013 Event

For the third-annual SXSW Eco, Robin Chase, founder and CEO of Buzzcar and former CEO of ZipCar has been added as the keynote speaker for the event.

Musicians Launch Eco-Friendly Tour

The Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster have started an environmentally friendly music tour and help promote the Lacey Act.

Resort in Maldives Offers Protection Code for Dolphins

Six Senses Laamu is the first resort in the Maldives to provide a code of conduct for dolphin watching as a way to protect the local spinner and bottlenose dolphins and their future generations.

EPA Accepting Proposals for San Francisco Bay Preservation

The EPA will distribute grants totaling $5 million.

Water Conservation and Colorado River Preservation Discussed at ACE13

During last week’s AWWA ACE13 conference in Denver, Colo., water professionals were asked to consider water conservation in their everyday activities. Attendees were also informed about the issues the Colorado River is facing and how preservation of the river is possible through certain avenues.

BP to Complete Active Oil Spill Cleanup This Month

It is estimated that by mid-June, cleanup in three states will be complete.

New Studies Launched for Ohio River Tributaries

The Ohio EPA has initiated multiple studies to be conducted on the Lower Muskingum River tributaries and the Southwest Ohio River tributaries in order to monitor the water quality more closely.

BSEE Plans Ocean Energy Safety Institute

Director Jim Watson also announced safety stand-downs will take place in each agency region this month, as part of National Safety Month.



National Park Conservation Vacations Available to More Volunteers this Year

American Conservation Experience has expanded its “Volunteer Vacations” program making experiences usually reserved for AmeriCorps service members or long-term volunteers accessible to more people.

River Network Celebrates Silver Anniversary and a Successful River Rally

River Network, the leading conservation organization for the river and watershed community in the United States, commemorates its 25th anniversary this year, and just wrapped up a successful 14th annual River Rally in St. Louis, Missouri.

Drones Used for Environmental and Wildlife Protection Accessible by Tablets

Professional micro civil drones from Lehmann Aviation are now available with a touchscreen tablet running under Windows8 Operating System. The new innovative software helps to immediately process all flight data on a touchscreen tablet, laptop, or desktop PC.

Larger Coastal Zones May be In the Works for Lake Erie

The Pennsylvania DEP may be expanding the coastal zones for parts of Lake Erie across the state. The expansion will include all of the area watersheds that travel into the lake.

Two Volcanoes Currently Erupting in Alaska

Scientists are monitoring and providing alerts on Pavlof and Cleveland, two of the most active volcanoes in Alaska.

Amphibian Study is Bad News

"Even though these declines seem small on the surface, they are not," said USGS ecologist Michael Adams, the lead author of the study. "Small numbers build up to dramatic declines with time."

Fishing Gear Can be Fatal to Whales

In a new study conducted by WHOI scientists, a “patient monitoring” device was attached to a whale that was entangled in fishing line. As a result of being tangled in the line, the whale’s ability to eat and migrate was directly affected, resulting in a slow death for the animal.

Six-Year Sentence Imposed in OSHA Impersonator Case

Court documents indicated Connie M. Knight required each attendee to pay between $150 and $300 cash to enter a class and at least 950 people were victims of her crimes in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Launched Today

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has kicked off the Gulf Environmental Fund today, in which the foundation will execute $2.544 billion in plea agreements from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Donated Trees Revitalize Louisiana Landscape

Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) have donated 2,500 cypress and oak trees to areas in Louisiana that have been devastated by hurricane and drought.

Historic Town in Pennsylvania Fined for Sewage Discharges

Camp Hill Borough, a historic town in Cumberland County Pennsylvania has been fined $140,000 by the Department of Environmental Protection for its unauthorized and unreported sewage discharges over the past two years.

Robotic Sensors Monitor Red Tides in Gulf of Maine

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is utilizing new robotic instruments to help monitor and manage harmful algal blooms (HABs) or red tides in New England. The first instrument has been in use since last month, and a second will be deployed later this spring.

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