Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms.

Science Brings Clarity to Shifting Shores

Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms.

BSEE Researcher Highlights Current Research Projects

Kristi McKinney, a research specialist in the federal agency's Oil Spill Response Division, spoke last month at the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association’s annual seminar.

Thousands of Acres Preserved in South Carolina

More than 4,000 acres of land, including 2,000 acres of wetlands, will be preserved in South Carolina thanks to a wetland mitigation approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Federal Court Ruling Protects Appalachian Waters

A federal appeals court has sided with the EPA to uphold a policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, helping protect the waters and surrounding communities.

WV DEP: Cleanups Removed 300 Tons of Trash

West Virginians are proud of their state and its beauty and understand the importance of keeping it clean," said Danny Haught, chief of the Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, which oversees the programs.

Acidity Decreasing in Rivers

A USGS study shows that rivers across the United States are less acidic due to a decrease in atmospheric deposition, industrial waste, and mine drainage.

Queens Environmental Center Wins Design Award

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Design Commission President Signe Nielsen honored 10 public works projects in the city's five boroughs July 7 with the 32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Design.

BSEE

BSEE Testing Stationary Skimmer Systems' Effectiveness

The skimmers will be tested using various oil types in order to determine their oil recovery rate and recovery efficiency.



Cincinnati School Receives Environmental Grant

The Ohio EPA has given more than $36,000 for an environmental education grant that will allow students in Cincinnati to learn environmental science while also restoring Salway Park as part of a community service project.

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that 10 percent of all beaches in the U.S. do not meet the EPA’s water quality requirements. The report also recognized 35 clean or “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders” that desperately need clean water protection.

How Safe is the Water at Your Favorite Beach?

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that 10 percent of all beaches in the U.S. do not meet the EPA’s water quality requirements. The report also recognized 35 clean or “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders” that desperately need clean water protection.

Organic Crops Boost Biodiversity

A new international project studied biodiversity in agriculture, and the research team discovered that farming practices and the number of habitats play a large role in obtaining that biodiversity.

Three Cockatoo Species Listed as Endangered Species

Three Cockatoo Species Listed as Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the final listing of three cockatoo species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA

Average 2014 Dead Zones Predicted in Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake

"We are making progress at reducing the pollution in our nation's waters that leads to 'dead zones,' but there is more work to be done," said NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D. "These ecological forecasts are good examples of the critical environmental intelligence products and tools that NOAA provides to interagency management bodies, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program and Gulf Hypoxia Task Force. With this information, we can work collectively on ways to reduce pollution and protect our marine environments for future generations."

Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation’s Streams

Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation's Streams

Concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, are elevated in many of the nation's streams as a result of human activities, according to a new USGS study. Excessive dissolved-solids concentrations in water can have adverse effects on the environment and on agricultural, domestic, municipal, and industrial water users.

Reducing Deforestation a Success

Reducing Deforestation a Success

According to a new report, nearly 20 countries around the world have reduced tropical deforestation and emissions as a result of programs and policies.

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

New Plans for Coastal Restoration in Louisiana and Texas

In a presentation to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) has outlined new solutions to help expand and expedite coastal restoration efforts, in concert with Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan.

A contract has been awarded by the South Florida Water Management District for construction to begin on a new water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

Water Quality Restoration Begins in Everglades

A contract has been awarded by the South Florida Water Management District for construction to begin on a new water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Wetlands Database and Mapping Tool

The Service completes a comprehensive data set of wetlands in U.S. states and territories that will aid developers, city planners, and regulators in advancing wetland conservation, economic development.

As air drones already exist, a new development has evolved in drone technology, a water-based drone to ensure fast and efficient algae control and treatment.

Water Drones to Maintain Algae Blooms

As air drones already exist, a new development has evolved in drone technology, a water-based drone to ensure fast and efficient algae control and treatment.

New Trees for Natural Disaster Sites

As part of the Community Tree Recovery Program, Canon will be planting one tree for every imageRUNNER ADVANCE system sold from now until Dec. 31, 2014. Trees will be planted in various sites where natural disasters have recently occurred, such as Northern Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.

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