Environmental Protection

Watersheds


USGS Upgrades Streamgage Network Using Stimulus Funds

The U.S. Geological Survey has purchased $3.4 million of high tech electro-acoustic instruments from SonTek/YSI.

CEMEX Invests in UK-wide Quarry Monitoring to Meet EPR, MCERTS

RS Hydro will install more than 250 flow monitoring stations for the cement supplier, using Siemens and Adcon technologies.

Agency Offers Guidance on Implementing CAFO Rule

The revised regulation requires CAFOs that discharge to seek coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

Low Levels of Urban Development Disturb Aquatic Life, USGS Says

Covering 10 percent of a watershed with impervious cover can cause as much as one-third of a decline in pollution-sensitive aquatic insects.

ORNL: Fish Exposed to TVA Fly Ash in 2008 Seem to be Healthy

Working for TVA, the lab is continuing its research to determine if selenium and other contaminants will have a long-term effect on fish populations.

Operation Hope's Land Management Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The group's management process re-establishes the balance between plant growth and the behavior of herding animals.

Alaska DOT Facilities to Pay for Alleged CWA Violations

In addition to penalties, the settlement requires ADOT and its contractors to implement a comprehensive stormwater quality training program for its employees.

Singapore: Water Short No More

Singapore International Water Week provides a platform for finding viable water solutions, which are critical for the sustainable growth of cities worldwide.



Draft Permit Would Limit Pesticide Discharges to Waters

The Pesticides General Permit would require operators to use the lowest effective amount of pesticide, prevent leaks and spills, calibrate equipment and look for and report adverse incidents.

HRSD, Ostara Partner to Recover Nutrients and Make Fertilizer

The technology turns a maintenance problem at the Nansemond plant into a commercially viable fertilizer product with no additional cost to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.

Baylor Study: Nitrogen Fixation Not Uniform in Texas Lakes

Research provides insight into conditions needed to produce nitrogen fixation.

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Tidal Marshes Protect Aquatic Ecosystems and Store Carbon

Indiana University scientists measured nitrogen and phosphorus retention as well as carbon sequestration in tidal soils of three Georgia rivers.

Mystic River Watershed Earns Barely Passing Grade

Both EPA and MassDEP say enforcement actions have removed 10,000 gallons per day of sewage from storm drains.

New Chesapeake Strategy Holds Government Accountable

EPA, USDA, DOI, NOAA, Army Corps of Engineers will work together to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

FWS Awards $12.8 M to 31 States for Sewage Pumpout Facilities

Clean Vessel Act grants help marinas manage wastes and protect recreational waterways.

Boeing to Restore Habitat in Washington Waterway

The company will create habitat for out-migrating juvenile salmon in the Duwamish River and repay $2 million of the natural resource trustee's costs to resolve liability for hazardous releases from its facilities.

Foundation Awards $2.4 M for Amazon River Study

University of Georgia's Patricia Yager will lead an international team in studying climate effects on the River-Ocean Continuum of the Amazon.

Waterkeepers Want Feds to Contain Gulf Spill, Step Up Oversight

Environmental organization braces for Gulf disaster impact on fragile coastal ecosystems and fisheries.

Online Map Helps Users Track Chesapeake Bay Enforcement

EPA's latest initiative will show how well it is performing in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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