Environmental Protection

Water


The impact of extreme drought is evident in this 2011 USGS photo of O.C. Fisher Lake near San Angelo, Texas. (Photo by Travis Dowell, U.S. Geological Survey)

Water Scarcity Increasing Populations' Vulnerability, UN Report Shows

Every country faces growing problems of scarce water, poor sanitation, and soil erosion, the 2014 Human Development Report states.

Water Reservoirs Receive Protection in Saudi Arabia

Industrial and Environmental Concepts, Inc. won an international competition for an agricultural project in Saudi Arabia. Sinopec awarded IEC a contract to design and install covers for multiple water reservoirs in the arid region.

EPA Settlement Aids San Franscisco Bay

"For many years, the health of San Francisco Bay has been imperiled by ongoing pollution, including enormous discharges of raw and partially treated sewage from communities in the East Bay," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "Many of these discharges are the result of aging, deteriorated sewer infrastructure that will be fixed under the EPA order."

South Sacramento to Build First Zero-Net Energy Apartments from Mutual Housing Grant

Enterprise Community Partners gives a $40,000 grant to Mutual Housing CA for green transit-oriented development with first rooftop farm in area.

A new ruling in the Georgia Court of Appeals states that all waters are to be protected by 25-foot vegetative buffers under Georgia law.

All Waters in Georgia Protected by Buffers

A new ruling in the Georgia Court of Appeals states that all waters are to be protected by 25-foot vegetative buffers under Georgia law.

EU Testing Software to Cut Airports' Emissions, Energy Costs

The CASCADE system has been pilot tested in the Rome and Milan airports and will save them $1.1 million per year, the European Commission announced July 28.

Oklahoma Receives Millions to Improve Water Quality

The EPA awarded more than $11 million to the state of Oklahoma to aid communities in restoring and improving water quality and infrastructure.

USDA Loans Funding Rural Utilities' Smart Grid Improvements

Rural electric systems in eight states will benefit from $236.3 million in USDA loan guarantees to help them modernize and improve reliability, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 16.



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.

CSB Investigation Finds No Record of Inspections on Freedom Industries Chemical Storage Tanks

The company is responsible for a leak from one of its tanks. The leak contaminated Charleston, W.Va., residents' drinking water in January 2014.

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.

IARC Report Prioritizes Agents, Exposures for Evaluating Carcinogenic Risks

Among those listed as high priority for the years 2015-2019 are multi-walled carbon nanotubes, welding and welding fumes, and occupational exposure to pesticides.

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.

Nine Proposals Received for Unleaded General Aviation Gas

The Federal Aviation Administration hopes to work with industry to produce a new unleaded fuel by 2018.

European Commission Proposes Higher Recycling Targets

EU countries would ban burying recyclable waste in landfills after 2025 and recycle 70 percent of municipal waste and 80 percent of packaging by 2030.

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.

DOJ Announces Wastewater Plant Settlement

The settlement will resolve violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

EPA Releases Tool to Help Communities Be More Flood Resilient

The agency has released a tool to help communities better prepare for, deal with and recover from floods.

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