Archive | August, 2013

European Commission Seeks Comments on Groundwater Directive

The European Commission is seeking comments on a possible revision of the European Union’s 2006 Groundwater Directive. While the directive sets limits for certain pollutants, it simply requires that member countries take other naturally occurring and synthetic pollutants into consideration. During the consultation period, open until Oct. 22, The commission is seeking public opinion on […]

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Conservation Practices Make Significant Contributions to Mississippi River Water Quality

On July 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released information on its Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative. During the last 4 years, NRCS has devoted $341 million to 640 small priority watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin. With financial and technical assistance from NRCS, farmers have built conservation practices […]

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Virtual Sandbox Offers Hands-On Lessons in Hydrology

The University of California–Davis (UCD) Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, Nev., has a new way of teaching visitors about hydrology without putting them to sleep. The Shaping Watersheds Interactive Sandbox is an augmented-reality exhibit that enables users to explore geological and hydrological concepts, such as topography and dam construction, that affect water management and […]

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WERF Releases BMP Performance Assessment Algorithms

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently completed a project on assessing the performance of distributed and regional best management practices (BMPs) for receiving-water protection. The algorithms developed or adapted for this project will be used in the development of the BMP Selection/Receiving Water Protection Toolbox to determine transport routing and delivery of pollutants to […]

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ExxonMobil Held Responsible for Groundwater Cleanup Costs

On July 26, a U.S. appeals court upheld a previous 2003 court ruling that found ExxonMobil liable for $105 million in damages to New York City’s drinking water. ExxonMobil allegedly used methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive and identified animal carcinogen, into the early 2000s. MTBE was once used to improve combustion and […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Proposed Electronic Reporting Rule

In the July 30 Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule requiring electronic reporting for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The proposed rule would be phased in during a 2-year period and seeks to improve NPDES data sharing, reduce reporting burdens, and streamline permit renewals. EPA is accepting […]

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Maryland Approves $65 Million for Clean Water Upgrades

On July 24, The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $65 million in funding to upgrade water resource recovery facilities, improve drinking water systems, and prevent sewage overflows. Projects receiving funding include enhanced nutrient removal at water resource recovery facilities and sewer improvement projects. According to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, these projects will […]

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Online Tool Provides River ‘Road Map’

Where does stormwater go once it reaches a stream or river? Now find out without getting wet. Streamer is an online tool from the National Atlas of the United States announced July 17 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It is essentially a “road map” for waterways. With Streamer, users can follow the path of […]

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Check It Out: Green Roofs in Motion

Static green roofs and walls are becoming fairly common, but what about moving gardens? A company called Phyto Kenetic, created by Spanish landscape artist Marc Grañén, is now creating green roofs for buses. The green roofs keep bus temperatures cooler and can utilize air-conditioning condensate for irrigation. The plants grow in lightweight hydroponic foam, rather […]

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U.S. EPA Announces Second Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

On Aug. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the contest rules for its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. The goal of the competition is to engage students in developing innovative approaches to stormwater management. In 2012, more than 200 students participated, representing 42 states. This year’s challenge features two design categories and a […]

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