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Wyoming Data Trespassing Law Discourages Water Quality Monitoring

Wyoming’s new data trespassing law makes it illegal to collect environmental data or to “preserve information in any form” about rural land if it is done on behalf of the government. Drafted by state senator Larry Hicks, the law discourages water quality monitoring by nonprofits and citizen scientists in an effort to prevent negative economic […]

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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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EPA Releases Guidance on Microbial Risk Assessment and Recreational Water Quality Criteria

In mid-January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it published “Microbial Risk Assessment Tools, Methods, and Approaches for Water Media” to aid the development of robust and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens. EPA’s document describes a human health risk assessment framework for microbial hazards in water media, such as pathogens in treated […]

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Defra Releases Bathing Water Quality Compliance Results

New figures published by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on Nov. 6 show that 93% of England’s beaches and inland bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, which is based on Escherichia coli limits. However, only about 60% meet the more stringent standards, which are set to […]

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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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Sensors Provide Daily Nitrate Data in Mississippi River Basin

Announced in November, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) article published in Environmental Science & Technology describes how advanced optical sensor technology on small streams and large rivers throughout the Mississippi River basin are helping to accurately track nitrate pulses to the Gulf of Mexico. USGS is using the sensors to collect nitrate concentration data every hour. […]

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EPA Updates Beach Guidance, Launches New Beaches Website

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published updated National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. To receive grants, the 38 states, territories, and tribes eligible under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act must meet the performance criteria established by EPA. According to EPA, the requirements will lead to […]

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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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