Archive | November, 2015

New Water-Tracing Technology Reveals Groundwater Movement

University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers have used a new water-tracing technology in the Sydney Basin of Australia for the first time to determine how groundwater moves in the different layers of rock below the surface. The study provides a baseline against which any future effects on groundwater from mining operations, groundwater abstraction, or climate […]

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Researchers Map Global Distribution, Volume of Modern Groundwater

  An international group of hydrologists has produced the first data-driven estimate of the Earth’s total supply of groundwater. The report shows that less than 6% of groundwater in the upper 2 km (1.24 mi) of the Earth’s landmass is renewable within a human lifetime. “We already know that water levels in lots of aquifers […]

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Anne Arundel County Bans Coal Tar Sealcoat

On Nov. 12, Anne Arundel’s County Executive Steve Schuh signed legislation banning the use and sale of coal tar pavement products. Coal tar sealcoats are applied to maintain and protect paved surfaces, such as residential driveways and parking lots. They generally are sprayed on the pavement as a thick black or brown liquid. Coal tar […]

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Los Angeles Homeowners Capture Stormwater with Smart Cisterns

On Nov. 4, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles unveiled LA StormCatcher, the area’s first-ever public-private collaboration that will capture and reuse stormwater. As many as eight homeowners in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will participate. Each home will be equipped with a cistern that can hold nearly 5000 L […]

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Melbourne Launches Economic Framework for Urban Green Space

Following the Nov. 12 launch of Australia’s first Economic Framework for Green Infrastructure at Victoria University, it will be easier for local governments to understand the economic value of urban greening. The framework is designed to help local governments make better future investment decisions by enabling them to develop a business case for urban greening. […]

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Beavers Help Remove Nitrogen in Streams, Research Says

According to University of Rhode Island (URI) professor Arthur Gold, beavers can help prevent harmful levels of nitrogen from reaching vulnerable estuaries. URI researchers found that the water retention time and the build-up of organic matter in beaver ponds lead to ideal conditions for nitrogen removal. These conditions can result in removal of 5% to […]

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Urban Waters Restoration Grant Request for Proposals Open

On Nov. 3, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a request for proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The grant is a public-private partnership funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetlands and Urban Waters Programs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

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Students Design Sustainable Storm Drain Filter

A team of students from the University of California–Riverside (UC Riverside) Bourns College of Engineering recently received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a low-cost, environmentally friendly, reusable storm drain filter. The team received the funding as a phase one winner of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. Storm-drain inserts can be […]

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Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. This new publication, available at no cost, provides step-by-step guidance on planning, organizing, and conducting successful volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. These projects can help Tennessee stormwater programs […]

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WERF Report Summarizes Agricultural BMP Data

The Water Environment Research Foundation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the United Soybean Board recently completed the third phase in the expansion of the International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database. The database, which compiles studies and analyses of BMP performance, now includes agricultural BMPs. The long-term goal of the Agricultural BMP Database is […]

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