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Soil Media Protects Salmon from Runoff Toxics

Soil media can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by Washington State University, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Polluted stormwater has been identified as a risk factor for many threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead […]

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New Study Quantifies Amount of Plastic in World Oceans

On Dec. 10, 5 Gyres Institute published a new report in the journal PLOS ONE that is the first global estimate of plastic pollution — both micro- and macroplastic. The study culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, according to the […]

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Sampling for DNA Could Improve Biological Indicator Monitoring

Effective environmental management depends on a detailed knowledge of the distribution of species. But taxonomists are in short supply, and some species can be difficult to identify, even for experts. The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), in collaboration with the Canton Zurich Office of Waste, Water, Energy and Air, is now […]

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WERF Releases Research on Green Infrastructure Real-Time Controls

The Water Environment Research Foundation has released the final report for its project “Transforming our Cities: High-Performance Green Infrastructure.” Project researchers examined the effectiveness of highly distributed real-time control (DRTC) technologies for green stormwater infrastructure. Controls investigated included advanced rainwater harvesting systems, dynamically controlled green roofs, actively controlled detention basins, and underdrained bioretention systems. Through […]

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Researchers Study Green Solutions for Roadway Snow and Ice Control

Cold-climate researchers at the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) are looking at green alternatives to the salt, sand, and chemicals typically used for highway snow and ice control. The U.S. spends $2.3 billion each year on the removal of highway snow and ice plus another $5 billion to mitigate the hidden […]

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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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WERF Awards Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently awarded the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project — Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — will aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment. […]

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Australian Researchers Assess New Ways of Calculating Flood Risks

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk across Australia. Researchers are examining the possible causes of floods and how they interact with each other. This information is being used to create sophisticated models which will be used by engineers to better calculate flood risks for different locations. […]

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UK Researchers Use Serious Gaming to Explore Water Management

Virtual worlds similar to those experienced by game players of the global phenomena Minecraft and SimCity could be used to help test potential new water infrastructure development in the UK. Experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering a new computer platform in which water engineers can simulate how existing and prospective new water systems […]

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Study Examines Effects of Small Gasoline Spills Over Time

A new study released in the September issue of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology suggests that fuel droplets spilled at gas stations — which occur frequently with fill-ups — could cumulatively be causing long-term environmental damage to soil and groundwater in residential areas in close proximity to the stations. Most studies have focused on large-scale […]

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