Environmental Protection

Watersheds


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.



New Stormwater Management Guide to Benefit Chesapeake Bay

According to EPA, many municipalities’ stormwater management plans are out of date and have not been fully implemented, and permits don’t always contain clear milestones to ensure that water quality standards would be met.

EPA Solicits Ideas for Enbridge Oil Spill

The agency has a website to answer questions about what technical solutions would be most useful to reviewing officials.

University of Arkansas graduate student Rose Feinstein sets up the laser level for a survey.

Geoscience Team Gauges Stream Depths, Differences

University of Arkansas researchers took a look at streams and land use surveys to determine that restoration of urban streams cannot be based on the characteristics of streams in agricultural or forested settings.

Birds and other wildlife are being cleaned after Enbridge oil spill

Update: Enbridge President Says Company Is Committed to Cleanup

The company is working with Focus Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to minimize the impact on birds and wildlife in the area. A bird and wildlife rehabilitation center is now operational.

A view of the Chesapeake Bay watershed

NASA Satellite Improves Nonpoint Pollution Monitoring

Joseph Nigro's team incorporated two NASA products into the Better Assessment Science Integrating Nonpoint Sources program that calculates streamflow rates and pollution concentrations.

Lake Trout Seem to Have More Mercury Now, Study Says

Researchers suggest invasive species may have altered Lake Erie's foodweb, where increasing concentrations of mercury have been found in walleye.

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10 Weeds That Aren't Safe for Your Salad

The Weed Science Society of America has assembled a rogue's gallery of especially dangerous plants that are not edible.

Committee OKs Full Parks Funding from Oil and Gas Drilling Leases

The National Recreation and Park Association celebrated the vote of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Ukraine Milk Company Powered by 4,000 Cows and Biogas Engine

A green tariff will allow the company to sell its power to the grid.

NOAA Finds PM and Black Carbon in Air near Gulf Spill

Three different federal agencies are monitoring air quality in and around the spill for the environment and worker health.

NRDC: In 40 Years Water Demand to Exceed Supply in 14 States

A Tetra Tech analysis found that the Great Plains and the Southwest are at extreme risk for water sustainability.

New Bedford Gets $1 M for Shore-side Power Electrification Project

Two New Bedford Harbor fishing piers will install marine power pedestals that will provide electricity to vessels, eliminating the need to idle diesel engines and thereby lower emissions of particulate matter and other gases.

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