Archive | February, 2012

Utilities Prepare for Wet Weather in a Changing Climate

A recent article in Environmental Health Perspectives, “Stormwater Strategies: Cities Prepare Aging Infrastructure for Climate Change,” discusses how utilities can adapt to more-intense wet weather events. Heavier rainfall is expected to increase sewer overflows and associated health risks. The article, by Rebecca Kessler, discusses what some cities are doing to prepare and highlights trends toward […]

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EPA Funding Down 3.2% From 2011 Levels

At the end of December, President Obama signed H.R. 2055, an omnibus fiscal year (FY) 2012 spending bill. The bill outlines federal government funding, allotting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $8.4 billion — a 3.2% reduction from FY 2011 funding. The bill allocates $1.47 billion to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF), a slight […]

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USDA Announces $10 Million for Water Quality Trading Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Jan. 13 that it will offer $10 million in conservation innovation grants for water quality trading through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Approximately $5 million will go toward programs in the Chesapeake Bay. The money will be used to stimulate the development of best management practices (BMPs) to […]

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New Strategies for Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution

Among major countries, the People’s Republic of China’s annual per capita freshwater resources are among the least abundant.  Water pollution combined with water scarcity threatens to stifle the country’s rapid economic growth. At Chao Lake, a man covers his nose to stave off putrid smells arising from the swirls of blue-green algae on the water’s […]

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