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Hope for saving salmon lies in reducing stormwater pollution

Salmon exposed to toxic stormwater can die in a matter of hours. But preliminary new findings by Washington State University (WSU; Seattle) researchers suggest that bioretention systems, such as rain gardens, that filter out contaminants from stormwater runoff are key for preventing lethal impacts on fish, according to a WSU press release. Effective bioretention systems […]

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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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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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Yale study finds that small ponds are relatively large greenhouse gas producers

A new study by researchers at Yale University found that smaller ponds generate disproportionately higher concentrations of global greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre in size make up only 8.6% of the surface area of the world’s lakes and ponds, they account for 15.1% of carbon […]

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Australian Community Launches Large-Scale Floating Wetlands Project

Parklakes II, a master-planned residential community within Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, will soon be home to a unique floating wetland installation. The first of the 230 pontoons that support the vegetation were launched Nov. 25. Eventually the pontoons will cover 2100 m2 of a 2.5 ha lake and will be […]

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Benefits of Green Development Clear in Side-By-Side Comparison with Conventional Development

In Norman, Okla., the Trailwoods community is demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure when compared side-by-side with traditional stormwater management techniques. The neighborhood, developed by Ideal Homes, includes 17 lots constructed with curb and gutter and downspout-to-driveway conveyance as well as two stormwater basins. Another 17 lots are designed with rain gardens, rain barrels, and […]

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UK Improves Bathing Water Quality

In 2015, 97% of England’s bathing waters passed new, more stringent minimum standards set by the European Union. In total, 63.6% of bathing waters meet the new Excellent standard. The results are highlighted in a 2015 compliance report released on November 5, 2015. The UK’s bathing waters have continually improved since 1990 when just 27% […]

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Mussels Track Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound

In late October, volunteers deployed Penn Cove mussels in 73 locations to evaluate the health of nearshore Puget Sound environments. The mussels will help track what contaminants are present in runoff over Washington State’s rainy fall and winter seasons. They also will help researchers determine how well stormwater management efforts are working. Mussels do not […]

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USGS Releases Pesticide Mapping Tool

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the United States. The tool enables users to identify which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life. The predictions also can be used […]

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Partnership Brings Big Data Solutions to Groundwater Issues

On Sept. 29, Qlik, a visual analytics company based in Randor, Penn., announced a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will address water availability and quality issues across the globe. For the first time, policy makers, corporations, and the public will be able to access and visualize scientific and technical groundwater information in […]

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