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USGS Studies Influence of Animal Feeding Operations on Stream Water Quality

Animal feeding operations have measurable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a report released June 23 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, “Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” was the result of […]

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Comprehensive Study Paves the Way for Reclaiming Spaces Beneath Elevateds

Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities is the result of a two-year study and spells out environmentally, financially sustainable, and versatile ways to redesign and maintain spaces beneath New York City’s nearly 1130 km (700 mi) of elevated bridges, highways, subway tracks, and rail lines to connect and benefit surrounding communities. The book was […]

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Duke University Opens Reclamation Pond

On May 8, Duke University in Durham, N.C., opened a major stormwater reuse facility — an $11.5-million, 2.2-ha (5.5-ac) pond. The stormwater collected in the pond will be used to make chilled water. The major driver for this project was the 2008 drought. With the new system in place, the university will be able to […]

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Microbes in Stormwater Canals Could Help Clean Raw Water

A 7-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways can play an important role in cleansing Singapore’s waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. The study found that canals designed to channel stormwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralize organic pollutants, nutrients, and metals in raw water. Organic pollutants […]

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Planning Toolset Helps Farmers Implement Conservation Practices

A new agricultural conservation planning framework (ACPF) will provide a systematic approach to identifying the best options for reducing nutrient losses and erosion within a watershed. The research, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the Environmental Defense Fund, will address the growing need for agriculturalists to improve water quality, […]

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Ireland EPA Launches Water Research Database

In June, Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a new water research database, DROPLET, which stands for Database of Research Outputs: Projects, Literature and Environmental Technologies. The database comes in the form of an interactive web application that enables users to explore water research projects funded in Ireland by the agency and others. Additionally, funding organizations […]

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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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