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VIMS Modeling Approach Predicts Street-Level Storm Tide

A team of researchers at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), accurately hindcasted Hurricane Sandy’s landfall along the U.S. Atlantic coast using a large-scale, unstructured grid storm tide model, called Semi-implicit Eulerian Lagrangian Finite Element. The researchers used data collected before Hurricane Sandy and tested the results with observations [...]

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William Penn Foundation Invests $35 Million in Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The Delaware River watershed covers more than 34,965 km2 (13,500-mi2) in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On April 1, the William Penn Foundation awarded $35 million in grants, launching a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities. More than 40 national [...]

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Pine Beetles Alter Hydrology of Mountain Watersheds

The mountain pine beetle has caused the death of millions of acres of trees in western states ranging from New Mexico to British Columbia. In Colorado alone, the beetle is responsible for 1.4 million ha (3.4 million ac) of dead pine trees, as reported by the National Science Foundation. The tree deaths not only increase [...]

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University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

A new report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) looks at 40 case studies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine which management practices have been most effective. According to the report, “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake,” upgrading water resource recovery facilities, [...]

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EPA Awards $5 Million for Urban Green Infrastructure Research

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $5 million in grants to five universities. Researchers will evaluate urban green infrastructure practices, using Philadelphia as a pilot. The grants are part of EPA’s safe and sustainable water resources research program and stem from the partnership between EPA and Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters [...]

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Studies Look at Scope and Solutions for Litter of Waterbodies

On Oct. 29, the University of California, Los Angeles released a report on marine litter. According to the report, 18 million Mg (20 million tons) of plastic is blown, washed, or dumped into the ocean each year. This trash concentrates in five gyres, propelled by ocean currents. Litter may seem relatively benign, but it is [...]

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Reducing Nitrogen in Waterbodies May Take Longer than Previously Thought, Studies Show

Nitrogen has been the subject of several studies over the last month. On Nov. 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a study showing that efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment delivery to the Chesapeake Bay may be delayed due to the slow speeds at which groundwater moves. This particular study focuses on nitrogen from [...]

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University of Illinois Research Shows Willingness To Pay for Water Quality Benefits

In a recent survey by the University of Illinois with data from 131 randomly selected Champaign–Urbana households, researchers found that people are willing to pay not only for infrastructure that reduces basement flooding but also for improvements to local water quality. Previous research has documented the willingness to pay for improvements that reduce flooding. However, [...]

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Study Assesses Flood Risks in Cities Worldwide

Damages caused by flooding could cost cities an annual $1 trillion worldwide if mitigation efforts are not taken, according to the article, “Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities,” in Nature: Climate Change. New Orleans, Boston, New York City, and two Florida cities (Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg) were among the 20 cities most at risk [...]

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Model Predicts Regions with Groundwater High in Arsenic

According to a paper recently published in Science, 19.6 million people in China could be at risk from arsenic found in groundwater. Researchers with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and China Medical University in Shenyang developed a tool that helps to predict areas where groundwater could be high in arsenic. According [...]

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