Archive | August, 2015

EPA Releases Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

A new tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows users to locate areas with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. Named EJSCREEN, the environmental justice screening and mapping tool applies demographic and environmental data to high-resolution mapping to identify communities at greater risk to pollution exposure. EPA’s tool is based on eight […]

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New British Columbia Water Sustainability Act Slated for 2016

The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has developed a new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) that becomes effective in early 2016, and replaces and modernizes B.C.’s water laws. It regulates groundwater use for the first time and strengthens provincial water management in light of growing demands for water and a changing climate. According to the B.C. […]

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Illinois Releases Nutrient Reduction Strategy

On July 21, Illinois released a final state plan to prevent nutrients from entering waterways and eventually polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is considered the state’s most comprehensive and integrated approach to nutrient loss reduction and will help prevent millions of pounds of nutrients — from farm fields, city […]

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New Website To Protect Coastlines Available

A new partnership between the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and representatives from state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and private industry has formed to explore new ways to protect U.S. coastlines. At issue […]

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Grants Available To Continue Efforts for Great Lakes Restoration

Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has made progress protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface freshwater system. Continuing these efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a request for applications soliciting proposals for GLRI grants to fund new projects. Applications are due Sept. 28. This year, up to $13.9 million […]

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Proposal To Reduce Chloride in the Twin Cities

On August 3, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released a draft Chloride Management Plan (CMP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report that seeks to protect surface and groundwater resources in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area from chloride pollution. The report also recommends restoring 37 surface waters in the metro area. Created in partnership […]

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Facilitating Fees

Avoiding the pitfalls in setting stormwater utility fees while getting stakeholder support

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USGS Studies Influence of Animal Feeding Operations on Stream Water Quality

Animal feeding operations have measurable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a report released June 23 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, “Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” was the result of […]

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Connecticut and Wisconsin Pass Microbead Bans

On June 30, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation phasing out the manufacture and sale of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed a similar ban a day later, making Wisconsin the eighth state to do so. The laws apply to any intentionally added synthetic, solid-plastic particle measured […]

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Illinois Report Reveals Most Urban Flooding Victims Live Outside Designated Floodplains

On July 6, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released a report examining the prevalence and costs associated with urban flooding in Illinois, along with strategies and recommendations for minimizing property damage and other negative flooding effects. IDNR prepared the report in collaboration with other state agencies as mandated by the 2014 Illinois Urban […]

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