Tag Archives: Nutrients

WEF, DC Water partner to create green infrastructure certification program

Effort will support sustainable GI projects and spur economic growth DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation on Feb. 8 announced (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This program, which will be housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, will certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green […]

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New stormwater park to reduce nutrient loading to Indian River Lagoon

A new $3.5 million, 121-ha (300-ac) stormwater park in South Brevard County, Fla., will help protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem by filtering runoff from a 8500-ha (21,000-ac) watershed and limiting pollutants from entering the St. Sebastian River, which feeds into the lagoon. The Wheeler Stormwater Park includes a series of settling ponds with the […]

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Vermont Releases Draft Required Agricultural Practices for Improving Water Quality

On October 28, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) released draft required agricultural practices (RAPs). These rules would, for the first time, apply to small Vermont farms. The rules are intended to control and reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution and nutrient losses from farm fields to surface and groundwater. The goal is […]

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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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EPA Proposes TMDLs for Lake Champlain

On Aug. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the 12 Vermont segments of Lake Champlain, the sixth-largest freshwater body in the U.S. Despite reductions in phosphorus entering the lake from several of its tributaries, phosphorus concentrations have not significantly decreased in any areas of Lake Champlain. […]

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Illinois Releases Nutrient Reduction Strategy

On July 21, Illinois released a final state plan to prevent nutrients from entering waterways and eventually polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is considered the state’s most comprehensive and integrated approach to nutrient loss reduction and will help prevent millions of pounds of nutrients — from farm fields, city […]

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Great Lakes Leaders Agree to Phosphorus Reductions

On June 13, the governors of Michigan and Ohio and the premier of Ontario signed an agreement to reduce phosphorus inputs to the western waters of Lake Erie by 40% over the next 10 years, with an interim goal of a 20% reduction by 2020. Phosphorus is a key nutrient that has led to algal […]

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Microbes in Stormwater Canals Could Help Clean Raw Water

A 7-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways can play an important role in cleansing Singapore’s waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. The study found that canals designed to channel stormwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralize organic pollutants, nutrients, and metals in raw water. Organic pollutants […]

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EPA Need Not Make Decision on Nutrient Limits for Mississippi River Basin

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not need to determine whether states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin need new or revised water quality standards for nitrogen and phosphorus. The Mississippi River carries nutrient pollution to the Gulf of Mexico, where […]

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China Releases Water Action Plan

By 2020, China plans to make 70% of its water resources in seven river basins clean enough to drink, according to a long-awaited water pollution action plan released by the State Council in April. While effective immediately, local and provincial governments will craft their own strategies in the coming months. To reduce some of the […]

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