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CIRIA Releases Tool for Assessing SuDS Benefits

On July 1, the construction industry research and information association (CIRIA), based in London, UK, released a spreadsheet-based tool and associated guidance for assessing the benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With the Benefits of SuDS Tool, called BeST for short, users can evaluate a wide range of benefits, typically based on overall drainage […]

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Planning Toolset Helps Farmers Implement Conservation Practices

A new agricultural conservation planning framework (ACPF) will provide a systematic approach to identifying the best options for reducing nutrient losses and erosion within a watershed. The research, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the Environmental Defense Fund, will address the growing need for agriculturalists to improve water quality, […]

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Ireland EPA Launches Water Research Database

In June, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a new water research database, DROPLET, which stands for Database of Research Outputs: Projects, Literature and Environmental Technologies. The database comes in the form of an interactive web application that enables users to explore water research projects funded in Ireland by the agency and others. Additionally, funding organizations […]

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EPA Releases Climate Adjustment Tool

On Feb.13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for its Stormwater Management Model — a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool enables engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future such climate change projections as more frequent high-intensity […]

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New Tool Helps Analyze Global Flood Risks

According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), more people are affected by floods than by any other type of natural disaster. Most of the people affected by river flooding live in developing countries, according to an analysis by WRI and four Dutch research organizations. Examining 164 countries, researchers found that the top 15 countries affected […]

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NOAA Tool Helps Protect Coral Reefs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management is highlighting the use of its Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (OpenNSPECT) for protecting coral reefs from stormwater runoff. Sediment and other sources of land-based pollution are a primary threat to coral reefs in many island environments. The tool applies broadly to investigations […]

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USGS Releases New Groundwater Toolbox

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed and made available online its national summary report on the quality of the U.S. groundwater — an assessment of 6,600 wells. Groundwater provides drinking water for about 115 million people, or more than a third of the nation. Yet 22% of groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant […]

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Crowdsourcing Water Data

Technology is increasing opportunities for crowdsourcing water data. CrowdHydrology, a new phone application that debuted at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Dec. 2014, allows citizen scientists to report stream depths at various gauging stations and is run in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. The stations have signs asking people to report the stream […]

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EPA and NOAA Release Storm Surge Resources

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane and one of the main causes of coastal inundation. It also can cause damage and flooding many miles inland. Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. are vulnerable to storm surge, and it is […]

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Department of the Interior Launches New Datasets to Improve Climate Resiliency

On December 9, the Department of the Interior announced the release of two new dataset hubs. Part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the datasets will help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Hundreds of datasets from […]

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