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National Water Center Opens at University of Alabama

. On May 26, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the National Water Center, a new facility located at the University of Alabama. The center is poised to become an incubator for innovative breakthroughs in water prediction products and services. As the country becomes more vulnerable to water-related events — from drought to flooding […]

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Research Provides Better Understanding of Soils and Water

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water’s path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone might demand. These minute differences contribute to water’s “preferential flow.” Locally, preferential flow affects how much water soils can store, how soils retain nutrients, and how […]

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Researchers Study Metal Uptake by Plants

In recent years, researchers and environmental engineering experts at Utah State University (USU) have looked closely at the level of pollutants carried by stormwater and how simple changes in stormwater management in cities and towns across Utah could help alleviate the problem. USU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers are wrapping up a long-term […]

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WEF Announces State Winners of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

On May 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2015 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) — the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. WEF Member Associations (MAs) selected and will sponsor the state winners to attend the U.S. competition, scheduled for June 19-20 at the Hilton Washington Dulles […]

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Views of Green Infrastructure Improve Attention

New research published in the June 2015 issue of Journal of Environmental Psychology suggests that even a 40-second view of green infrastructure or nature can improve a person’s attention. Researchers at the University of Melbourne examined how “micro-breaks” that involved views of a green roof increased participant’s attention resources as they become depleted throughout the […]

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Open-Access WER Article Examines Effectiveness of Man-Made Wetlands

The April 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) includes an open-access article investigating the effectiveness of a man-made wetland system, consisting of linked basins, in local flood control and contaminant filtration. According to WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis, “the authors used a combination of field and lab experiments to characterize the retention and removal of iron, phosphate, and […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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WERF Requests Research Proposals on Reclaimed Water and Stormwater Harvesting

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals for research to overcome pricing and economic barriers to using alternative water sources. Proposals for this project, Economic Pathways and Partners for Use of Reclaimed Water and Harvesting Stormwater, are due no later than May 13. The proposals should take research to the next level of […]

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Reduced Narcotics Possession Found Near Philadelphia Green Infrastructure

The benefits of replacing outdated and overwhelmed urban sanitary and storm sewer systems with green stormwater infrastructure may extend far beyond water quality. New research by U.S. Forest Service scientists and partners found reduced narcotics possession occurring within a half-mile of Philadelphia’s new green stormwater infrastructure projects. The article, “The impact of green stormwater infrastructure […]

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Isolated Wetlands Essential for Clean Water, Study Says

Geographically isolated wetlands play a large role in providing clean water and other environmental benefits even though they may lack the regulatory protections of other wetlands, according to an article by Indiana University (IU) researchers and colleagues. Citing research literature, the article, “Geographically Isolated Wetlands Are Important Biogeochemical Reactors on the Landscape,” says geographically isolated […]

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