Archive | May, 2015

California Adopts Statewide Litter Objective

On April 8, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a statewide water quality objective aimed at reducing the amount of trash that finds its way into rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Trash discarded on land frequently ends up in waterways and the ocean when rain washes it into gutters and storm drains that flow […]

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Federal Agencies Launch Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

On April 21,The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships. Regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges, including sites in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and the Great Lakes have been selected to showcase climate resilience approaches. Building on existing […]

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New York Court Upholds State Stormwater Permit

On May 5, the state’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, ruled that the state’s general permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Issued in 2010, New York’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) general permit, administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), […]

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EPA Need Not Make Decision on Nutrient Limits for Mississippi River Basin

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not need to determine whether states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin need new or revised water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus. The Mississippi River carries nutrient pollution to the Gulf of Mexico, where […]

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NYC Releases Green Infrastructure Annual Report

In early May, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its 2014 Annual Report for the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. In 2014, DEP met or exceeded the expected green infrastructure performance rates for the three neighborhood demonstration areas, committed $36 million for green infrastructure construction as part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, […]

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WEF Announces State Winners of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

On May 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2015 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) — the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. WEF Member Associations (MAs) selected and will sponsor the state winners to attend the U.S. competition, scheduled for June 19-20 at the Hilton Washington Dulles […]

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA for Failure to Act on Water Quality Issues

On April 28, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the agency’s alleged “failure to enforce stormwater pollution regulations in the Charles River Watershed and several water bodies in Rhode Island.” Spanning 80 miles, the Charles River meanders through 23 communities before ending in […]

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Views of Green Infrastructure Improve Attention

New research published in the June 2015 issue of Journal of Environmental Psychology suggests that even a 40-second view of green infrastructure or nature can improve a person’s attention. Researchers at the University of Melbourne examined how “micro-breaks” that involved views of a green roof increased participant’s attention resources as they become depleted throughout the […]

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China Releases Water Action Plan

By 2020, China plans to make 70% of its water resources in seven river basins clean enough to drink, according to a long-awaited water pollution action plan released by the State Council in April. While effective immediately, local and provincial governments will craft their own strategies in the coming months. To reduce some of the […]

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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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