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Washington Bills Would Streamline, Reform State Water Management

Twenty-nine legislators supported bills in the House and Senate that would remove some authority from the Department of Ecology and set up a new water commission.

Georgia Cypress. By Craig Tanner

Law Center Identifies Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast

Five areas are threatened by impacts related to energy production, from offshore drilling in Alabama to mountaintop removal coal mining in Tennessee to 'fracking' in Virginia.

Watershed Academy Webcast Targets Algal Blooms

The free webcast on "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution and Harmful Algal Blooms in Lakes” is scheduled for Jan. 26.

Growing Hypoxic Zones Reduce Habitat for Billfish and Tuna

Billfish and tuna, important commercial and recreational fish species, may be more vulnerable to fishing pressure because of shrinking habitat according to a new study.

2011 National Beach Conference Set for March

EPA seeks abstracts for presentations; deadline is Jan. 14.

WHOI Website Takes Viewers Deep into the Gulf

Underwater vehicles will be used by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and other university scientists to learn if the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected animals in the Gulf of Mexico; the public is invited to take a look via the Dive and Discover website.

EPA Orders Natural Gas Driller to Stop Endangering Nearby Homeowners

Flammable and bubbling drinking water was coming out of taps at two residences near Fort Worth, Texas; EPA testing found methane and benzene.

Duke graduate student Laura Ruhl collected samples more than 1 year ago from a site affected by the TVA coal sludge spill. Photo by Avner Vengosh

Duke Scientists Find More Coal Ash Hazards 'Under the Rug'

Current water quality monitoring looks only at the surface, according to Avner Vengosh, Duke professor of geochemistry and water quality.



The roof mural, by artist Molly Dilworth, represents New York and New Jersey after a seven meter rise in sea levels. It was created for a 350 Earth project.

Large-scale Art Project Portrays Climate Effects

Grassroots campaign engages artists and people across the globe to deepen understanding of possible climate change effects.

Mount Everest

A View of Pollution from the Top

Study shows pollutant levels in soil collected from Mount Everest glacier were acceptable for most trace elements; arsenic and cadmium exceeded drinking water standards.

United Water Developing Plan for Haverstraw, N.Y.

Pilot plant will help identify best ways to purify Hudson River water.

EPA Subpoenas Halliburton; Company Releases Fracking Data on Microsite

The microsite shares information related to the identity and common uses of the additives and constituents generally involved in the hydraulic fracturing process.

New Florida Officials Seek Delay on Nutrient Criteria Rule

EPA's nutrient criteria rule is set to be finalized Sunday; recently elected Florida leaders want more time to analyze the rule's effect on residents.

Fertilizer Group Opposes Senate's Chesapeake Restoration Bill

The Fertilizer Institute and other agricultural groups are urged senators to stop S. 1816 because of its precedent-setting language.

ITT Survey Says Americans Ready to Fix Water Infrastructure

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed say they’re willing to pay more now to ensure long-term access to clean water.

Research Shows No General Trends When Contaminants Bond to Nanoparticles

Texas Tech researcher Moira Ridley said her experiments with strontium and nanoparticles of titanium dioxide revealed subtle differences depending on particle size.

MWD Water Supply Roadmap Emphasizes Regional Collaboration

The 25-year plan advances potential future contingency resources, such as stormwater capture and seawater desalination.

Water Stewardship Group to Base Initiative in Milwaukee

The effort is expected to create a LEED-style program for water conservation.

Petition Pushes EPA to Move on Cement Kiln Dust Management

New York-based Riverkeeper filed a petition to force the creation of federal standards for the disposal of cement kiln dust, which can be harmful to water quality.

EPA Lays Out Five-Year Plan on Priorities

The plan includes benchmarks to track progress against such priorities as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting America's waters.

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