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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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$178.5 million agreement will improve watershed management in India

The Government of India and the World Bank recently signed a US$ 178.5 million credit for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project to provide farms and rural, rain fed areas in India with access to global best practices in watershed management. The project is anticipated to directly benefit at least two million people in nine states […]

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Moderate Storms Drive Salt Marsh Erosion

Salt marshes are in retreat in many locations around the world, diminishing their ability to protect against violent storms. The biggest cause of their erosion is waves driven by moderate storms, not occasional major events such as Superstorm Sandy, according to new research from Boston University and the U.S. Geological Survey. “Generally, the more a […]

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Guide Examines Community Adaptation to More Frequent and Intense Rainfall

With the potential for more frequent and intense storms as part of a changing climate, communities now are looking at how they manage rainwater and flooding. Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) partnered with two Twin Cities’ communities — Minneapolis and Victoria — in a federally-funded study that examines the effects of changing rainfall patterns and […]

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Farmers Flood Fields To Replenish Groundwater

This winter, some California farmers will be flooding their fields to replenish groundwater. El Niño is expected to deliver a warmer, wetter winter season to California, and farmers are hoping to capitalize on the extra water by directing floodwater and stormwater to their fields. The water will percolate through the soil and into the aquifer […]

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All Ontario Source Water Protection Plans Now Approved

On Dec. 3, Ontario approved the final plan of 22 source water protection plans for the Canadian province. This last plan will take effect on July 1, 2016. Altogether, the plans will protect the sources of more than 450 municipal drinking water systems and cover 95% of the province’s population. Source protection plans are locally […]

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President Obama Signs National Microbead Ban

Plastic microbeads are designed to be washed down the drain but are too small to be reliably captured by wastewater treatment facilities. According to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity, one tube of exfoliating facewash can contain more than 350,000 microbeads, and it is estimated that 2.9 trillion microbeads enter U.S. waterways […]

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Floating Islands To Help Protect Jamaica Bay Shorelines

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is using floating, vegetated wave attenuators in Jamaica Bay. The attenuators are part of a pilot project to study the efficacy of deflecting and reducing wave energy to protect critical salt marsh wetlands. The 2-year pilot program will cost approximately $500,000 and will inform future shoreline protection […]

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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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