Environmental Protection

Watersheds


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.

Agency Gathering Input on Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Rules

EPA is inviting stakeholders to participate in listening sessions in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania about proposed stormwater regulations.

Study Claims Human Activities Overload Ecosystems with Nitrogen

Resulting ecological damage is serious, but could be reduced by wider use of more sustainable, time-honored practices.

Bacteria May Remove Steroid Used in Tilapia Fish Farming from Water

Methyltestosterone is used in aquaculture to produce male tilapia because they grow faster; Pseudomonas fluorescens and Bacillus ceresus may help remove the steroid from the water.

$5M Study to Consider Climate Impacts on Great Lakes Water Quality

University of Michigan-led researchers will examine current climate, land use, precipitation and water governance patterns and then combine the data with climate change models to forecast possible effects.

IBM Works with Nature Conservancy on Sustaining Watersheds Program

The team will establish a Website for watershed managers and planners to analyze river basins, and make more informed decisions.

Blue Plains Facility Has Until 2015 to Meet New Nitrogen Limits

EPA is reissuing permits for significant wastewater facilities to protect the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.



Webcast on Building Watershed Group Capacity Set

EPA and other panelists will discuss technical tools and support to local watershed groups.

Emory River Opens for Recreation as Coal Ash Cleanup Continues

Federal and Tennessee agencies have determined that any coal ash remaining in the river presents minimal health risks to recreational users.

Fish and Wildlife Targets Spread of Invasive Mussels in the West

Invasive mussels can clog water intake and delivery pipes and dam intake gates, among other thiings.

'Free' Fertilizer May be Adding Arsenic to Field Runoff

Agricultural Research Service scientists have linked arsenic levels in stormwater runoff on Delmarva Peninsula to chicken litter storage and use.

Forest fires affect the organic content of soil.

Studies to Investigate Fire Effects, Mercury and Water Links

"We're trying to learn how biochemical molecules that microorganisms produce can attack mercury that is bound to natural organic matter and minerals, and release it back to the water," explained Kathryn Nagy, a University of Illinois professor.

Runoff Forecasting May Stem Fertilizer Nutrients from Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists are analyzing how runoff measurements in different Pennsylvania regions correlate with different National Weather Service data sets for the same areas.

Kansas Home to 1,387 Bodies of ‘Impaired’ Water: EPA

"The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s extensive monitoring system helps locate waters in need of our attention. We now must take action to clean them up,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks.

EPA Proposes Sediment Limits for Chesapeake Bay

The agency expects the six watershed states and the District of Columbia to use the limits for developing Watershed Implementation Plans.

Water and Biodiversity Issue Now Available

"Science for Environment Policy" is offered free from the European Commission DG's Environment.

N.J. Panel to Review State Land Leasing Policy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and other stakeholders will determine if the formula needs updating to account for disturbances to habitat, conservation, or resource protection, for example.

EPA Approves Iowa's List of Impaired Waters

Iowa's environmental agency has identified 183 waterbodies that need water quality improvements.

Watershed Academy Sets Webcast on Houston's LID Experience

On Aug. 11, EPA will explain how a low impact design competition had a ripple effect on Houston's design/build community.

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