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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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WERF Releases Report on Utility Reponses to Extreme Weather Events

In July the Water Environment Research Foundation released a new report on the effects of and responses to extreme weather events at water and wastewater utilities. This report describes community responses, lessons learned, and future planning needs for six communities that experienced one or more extreme events where water services were disrupted. Experiences include disruptions […]

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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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President Obama Announces Climate Resiliency Actions, Green Infrastructure Collaborative

In November, President Obama established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise him on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide. The task force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, held its fourth and final meeting on July […]

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NOAA and USGS Release New Datasets

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) updates its national land cover and land change information every five years. NOAA recently released data on coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands gathered from 2010 to 2011 in U.S. coastal regions. The new data currently is available for California, Oregon, and […]

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EPA and NOAA Propose Disapproving of Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opened a 90-day public comment period on a proposal to disapprove Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution program. The program, they say, falls short in three key areas: water quality impacts from forestry, septic systems, and new development. In controlling […]

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NOAA Awards $5.5 Million in Watershed Education Grants

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded $5.5 million in K–12 education grants for watershed studies as part of the agency’s Office of Education Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. Examples of winning projects include field investigations in the Gulf of Mexico, stormwater management studies in the Great Lakes, and creating […]

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NOAA Announces $800,000 for Living Shorelines

At an Aug. 30 press conference, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced $800,000 in federal, state, and private funding for Living Shorelines, a program to manage shoreline erosion in Chesapeake Bay. The program focuses on using sand and plants, which also create shoreline habitat, as opposed to bulkheads and seawalls, which can increase […]

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