Environmental Protection

Wetlands


Intact wetlands along coastal Louisiana.

New Orleans' Corps of Engineers to Use Modified Charleston Method

The mitigation assessment tool should improve process consistency when the Corps is determining the environmental impact of a particular project.

Current biochemical reactor appearance

Treating Mine Tailings Runoff

Park City, Utah, hit pay dirt with an anaerobic biochemical reactor that removed more than 99 percent of cadmium and zinc from shallow groundwater.

Update of Draft National Wetland Plant List Available for Review and Comment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting public comments on the updated draft National Wetland Plant List developed as part of an ongoing interagency effort to identify and assign wetland plant ratings to species found in the United States and its territories.

2005 Wetlands Excavation Ends with Fine, Restoration Order

Kevin Vaughan did not get the necessary permits to move earth near the Missouri River in Dixon County, Neb.

seagrass

Report Finds Restoration Techniques Do Speed Seagrass Recovery

Results of a five-year monitoring effort to repair seagrass damaged in a boat grounding incident suggest that restoration techniques such as replanting seagrass can speed recovery time.

The Plum Island Estuary

USGS: Some Significant Wetlands May Disappear by End of 21st Century

Many coastal wetlands worldwide — including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast — may be more sensitive than previously thought to sea-level rise projections for the 21st century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Cornell Study Follows Nitrogen Runoff Clues to Tile Drainage on Farms

Possible solutions include installing wetlands to filter tile drainage, fertilizing fields in the spring, and planting winter crops.

Bouchard Transportation Agrees to $6M Settlement for Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Damages

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. and its affiliates will pay more than $6 million to settle a portion of the federal and state natural resource damages claims for the April 2003 spill of up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay, according to the Department of Justice.



ConocoPhillips, Sasol North America to Reimburse Estuary Cleanup Costs

The agreement will reimburse EPA Superfund more than $4.5 million, resolve nearly $1.2 million in natural resource damages assessment costs, and perform a removal action and restoration project.

Landowner and Excavator Failed to Contact Corps of Engineers for Dam

The landowner and the company he hired to perform excavation to create an earthen dam will pay a $30,000 civil penalty.

Virginia Tech Team Explores Geometry of Gulf Coast Cleanup

Faculty researchers hope to determine if the shape of crude oil remnant – be it a flat syrupy sheet or a tar ball – can affect natural deterioration rates.

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.

Aerial view of OSU experimental wetlands in 2009

OSU Natural and Manmade Wetlands Similar at 15 Years

Ohio State University researcher William Mitsch says the 15-year experiment shows that the natural wetland seems stronger and the manmade wetland more diverse but both hold potential for carbon sequestration.

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.

pokeweed

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.

Response to BP Spill Continues to Grow as Companies Pitch In

Dredging equipment, vacuums, and imaging equipment are working to help restore the Gulf of Mexico's beaches and other inland areas.

Oil Estimates Rise; Navy, Private Companies Stay on the Job

Between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil per day may be leaking from the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Panel to Screen, Evaluate Oil Spill Technologies

Vendors and scientists are invited to submit white papers for consideration.

tidal marshes

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.

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