Archive | April, 2016

NatureWORKS survey seeks to understand green infrastructure needs

Jobs for the Future, a national workforce development nonprofit, has fielded a national online survey of contractors to collect data to better understand the skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce. This survey is one part of the NatureWORKS study, which is funded by the USDA Forest Service and The Kresge Foundation. […]

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Workshop report stresses roadside ditch management for improving water quality

Better management of roadside ditches could help improve water quality in the Chesapeake region, according to a workshop report from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The workshop, “Re-plumbing the Chesapeake Watershed: Improving roadside ditch management to […]

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New green infrastructure investment model receives $1.7 million in funding

Prudential Financial is investing $1.7 million in a pilot collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.) and asset management firm Encourage Capital (New York) to prevent millions of gallons of stormwater runoff originating in Washington D.C. from the entering the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The venture, called District Stormwater LLC, is based on a new […]

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New report predicts extreme precipitation in global dry and wet areas

A new study warns that extreme precipitation over land will increase in the world’s wettest and driest areas, with the hydrological cycle intensifying as a result of global warming. Released by Nature Climate Change, a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science of climate change including its impacts […]

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EPA report finds that nearly half of U.S. river and streams have nutrient pollution

A new scientific report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 46% of the nation’s river and stream miles suffer from phosphorus and nitrogen pollution. This situation creates a poor habitat environment that is not conducive for supporting healthy populations of aquatic life. These conditions are caused largely by excess fertilizers, wastewater, […]

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Pilot program selects two winners to advance water technology prototypes

The Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program recently selected two winners to move their water technology working prototypes to real world demonstration sites for practical application. The pilot program, a partnership between the Water Council (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Fund for Lake Michigan, provides support and funding to businesses of all sizes to help […]

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Joan Rose wins 2016 Stockholm Water Prize

Michigan State University (East Lansing) professor Joan Rose has been named the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her contributions to global public health including her research on microbial risk to human health in water. Announced at the United Nation’s World Water Day celebration in Geneva, professor Rose — who has dedicated her professional life […]

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Stormwater infiltration pilot project in California aims to boost aquifer recharge

A pilot project is testing the feasibility of using specially-designed ponds for catching stormwater and facilitating groundwater recharge in the Pajaro Valley region of California’s Central Coast, where aquifer levels are dwindling from overuse brought on by severe drought conditions. Andrew Fisher, a University of California, Santa Cruz hydrogeologist who is leading the project, built […]

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New EPA report examines point source progress in Hypoxia Task Force states

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a first-ever report that addresses the extent of nitrogen and phosphorus monitoring including discharge limits for major water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) within the 12 states comprising the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF). Established in 1997, the HTF is a partnership of 12 states, five federal agencies, and a […]

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New phosphorus reduction targets aim to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie

The U.S. and Canadian governments have adopted targets to reduce phosphorus entering areas of Lake Erie by 40% in an effort to improve water quality and minimize risks to public health. The reductions seek to decrease the amount of low oxygen “dead zones” in the central basin of Lake Erie, encourage algae growth at a […]

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