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Port of Brisbane finds success in $1 million pollution prevention project

In early 2013, Cyclone Oswald tore through huge swathes of eastern Australia, causing some $2.5 billion (AUD) in damage across Queensland and New South Wales. The torrent deposited more than 1.8 million Mg (2 million ton) of agricultural contaminants, sediments, and nutrients into the Moreton Bay, highlighting a critical need for increased flood protection in […]

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Bringing life back to dead zones

University of Illinois scientist tests bioreactors that filter nutrient runoff, reduce hypoxic zones Dead zones — those regions that can be found in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and even the Gulf of Mexico — are a serious problem for U.S. waterways. These hypoxic zones, the result of excess nitrogen and phosphorus run off, can […]

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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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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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New York City Launches Campaign To Reduce Litter, Improve Waterways

On Nov. 9, New York City announced a new public information campaign aimed at reducing consumer waste and street litter. The campaign is expected to improve the health and aesthetics of local waterways and will help the city comply with its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Each year, New York City generates more than […]

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England Introduces Plastic Bag Charge

In 2014, major supermarkets in England provided customers with 7.64 billion single-use plastic bags. On Oct. 5, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) announced a 5p charge for single-use plastic bags. The charge is expected to significantly reduce the number of plastic bags taken from shops. The new law applies to all […]

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USGS Study Finds Some Insecticides Widespread in Midwest Rivers

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study showed that neonicotinoids, insecticides similar to nicotine, can be found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest. The study represents the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwest and one of the first conducted in the U.S. Neonicotinoid insecticides dissolve easily in water, but do not break […]

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Water Benefits Expected from Clean Power Plan

On Aug. 3, the Obama Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power facilities. The final Clean Power Plan targets a 32% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition to its air-quality and climate-change […]

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Proposal To Reduce Chloride in the Twin Cities

On August 3, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released a draft Chloride Management Plan (CMP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report that seeks to protect surface and groundwater resources in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area from chloride pollution. The report also recommends restoring 37 surface waters in the metro area. Created in partnership […]

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Connecticut and Wisconsin Pass Microbead Bans

On June 30, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation phasing out the manufacture and sale of microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter drugs, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed a similar ban a day later, making Wisconsin the eighth state to do so. The laws apply to any intentionally added synthetic, solid-plastic particle measured […]

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