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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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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small [...]

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USGS Receives Funding for Coastal Resiliency Projects

In late October, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) projects mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the rebuilding process received $22.4 million from the Department of the Interior (DOI). Combined with $18.8 million allocated by DOI in May, this is the largest amount ever received by USGS following a natural disaster. The funding was part [...]

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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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Online Tool Provides River ‘Road Map’

Where does stormwater go once it reaches a stream or river? Now find out without getting wet. Streamer is an online tool from the National Atlas of the United States announced July 17 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It is essentially a “road map” for waterways. With Streamer, users can follow the path of [...]

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Wetland Systems Are More Effective When Connected

On July 17, U.S. Geological Survey and George Mason University researchers published a research report on wetland connectivity in the Journal of Environmental Quality. In many cases, wetlands are created to allay losses to wetlands elsewhere or to build wildlife habitat, the report explains. However, berms are typically installed in created wetlands, enabling regulation of [...]

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USGS Tool Informs Pennsylvania Water Resource Managers

Using a new tool from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), water resource managers in Pennsylvania can now easily estimate daily baseline streamflows in streams without gages. USGS announced the Baseline Streamflow Estimator (BaSE) on Feb. 22, and Pennsylvania is one of the first states in the nation to have such a tool. BaSE uses 50 [...]

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USGS Releases Map of U.S. Evapotranspiration Rates

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced that it has mapped long-term evapotranspiration rates across the continental U.S. for the first time. Evapotranspiration is water that is lost to the atmosphere via evaporation and plant transpiration, and it has a large impact on water availability. According to USGS, half of annual rainfall is [...]

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NASA’s Landsat 8 Continues 40 Years of Natural Resource Monitoring

On Feb. 11, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched Landsat 8 as part of its Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The Earth-observation satellite continues 40 years of service by its predecessors in monitoring Earth’s natural resources. The satellite is equipped with an Operational Land Imager to observe water quality and a thermal [...]

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U.S. National Research Council Calls for Enhanced Nationwide Water Quality Monitoring

In December, the U.S. National Research Council released the print version of Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program — a report calling for improved water quality monitoring nationwide. The report is a review of past NAWQA accomplishments and includes recommendations for the future, Cycle 3 (2013–2023). Bill [...]

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