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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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FEMA Releases Fact Sheets and Data Visualization Tool

In November 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally issued new mapping standards for “Adequate Progress” (Zone A99) and “Flood Protection Restoration” (Zone AR) determinations. The agency has since updated its Zone A99 and Zone AR fact sheets to reflect changes in law and the new mapping standards. Communities may want to apply for […]

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New Mapping Software Helps Reduce Erosion and Water Pollution

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new software tool to help reduce agricultural runoff and erosion. The erosion vulnerability assessment for agricultural lands tool (EVAAL) integrates satellite imaging and geographic information system (GIS) technology at increments as small as 3 m2 (32 ft2) or as large as 70 km2 (30 mi2). […]

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Sea Grant Releases Great Lakes Monitoring Data Website

On Dec. 1, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) announced a new website that displays environmental data from across the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Monitoring application, created in conjunction with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by […]

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EPA Releases Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Climate Change Adaptation Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users to […]

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EPA Releases Updated Erosivity Calculator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor — the “R” in the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation or RUSLE. The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many National Pollutant […]

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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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