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Level of Toxics in European Freshwater Greater than Anticipated

European Union member states have called for substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 through the Water Framework Directive. While the European Environment Agency recently released a report on the excellent water quality of swimming beaches, a large-scale study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, both […]

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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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Report Covers Dissolved Metals Removal from Roadway Stormwater

In mid-May, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released the report “Measuring and Removing Dissolved Metals from Stormwater in Highly Urbanized Areas.” The issue of dissolved metals is coming to the forefront in stormwater management and is an increasing concern for regulatory agencies. This is especially true in urbanized areas with limited space for […]

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Water Quality Excellent at Majority of Europe’s Swimming Sites, Report Says

In late May, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report on the water quality of Europe’s beaches, rivers, and lakes. According to the report, European waters were generally of high quality in 2013, with 95% of sites meeting minimum requirements and 83% meeting the more stringent ‘excellent’ level. Just 2% were rated as poor. Coastal […]

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Researchers Study Lake Erie Algal Blooms

The dead zone in Lake Erie was shrinking until the trend reversed in the mid-1990s, along with a resurgence of harmful algal blooms in 2011 that could be seen from space. In 2012, numbers of algae began to decrease as phosphorus levels also decreased. One of the greatest sources of algal blooms seems to be […]

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Lack of Funding Imperils Susquehanna Stream Gauge System

According to a report released by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, the health of the river basin is improving. Less than 14% of the 79,000 km (49,000 mi) of the Susquehanna River is impaired for aquatic life. While significant improvements in water quality and aquatic life are still needed, the greatest threat to water resource […]

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International Research Consortium Maps Great Lakes Stressors

The Great Lakes area is home to more than 30 million people in the United States and Canada, and the lakes contain 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. However, the lakes experience significant water quality threats, including urban, industrial, and agricultural runoff, and restoration of the lakes is the basis for the Great Lakes […]

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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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USGS Samples Waterbodies Affected by Superstorm Sandy

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected data during and after Superstorm Sandy to determine its impacts on water quality and streamflow. Sampling afterward has included more in-depth testing for nutrients, pesticides, and bacteria. Results can be found online. New Jersey sampling sites include the Delaware River near Trenton and the Raritan River near Queens Bridge. […]

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