Archive | February, 2013

Los Angeles County Faces Opposition to Stormwater Fee

Many cities face opposition when trying to levy a tax or impose fees to pay for stormwater infrastructure. Los Angeles is a similar case, where nearly 200 residents spoke out on the county’s proposed stormwater parcel fee at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors public hearing on Jan. 15. With the fee, the Los […]

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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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Study Links Stormwater to Prespawn Mortality in Coho Salmon

The issue of prespawn mortality in Coho Salmon was identified as early as the 1990s. Salmon are a valuable resource to Pacific Northwest fisheries and ecosystems. However, adult coho, which spawn in their birth streams, showed a suite of symptoms that rapidly resulted in death following fall storm events. Streams where prespawn mortality occurs are […]

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U.S. EPA Releases 2012 Enforcement Data

On Dec. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 2012 enforcement results. According to the agency, it levied $252 million in criminal fines and civil penalties to deter pollution, reducing 1 billion kg (2.2 billion lb) of air, water and land pollution, as well as 2 billion kg (4.4 billion lb) of hazardous […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Progress Report

The Climate Ready Estuaries program, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative to support climate change adaptation and awareness in National Estuary Program study areas, turned 5 in 2012. In January, EPA released a progress report for this program that highlights accomplishments during the last year. Also in January, the Climate Ready Estuaries program released […]

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USGS Releases Study of West Virginia Groundwater Quality

Based on a 10-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quality of West Virginia groundwater is “good,” meaning that untreated groundwater meets primary drinking water criteria. This is good news for a state in which 42% of its residents use groundwater for their water supply. However, the study still highlights the importance of […]

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Check It Out! Swelling Glass Helps Capture Stormwater Pollutants

The College of Wooster plans to create a zero stormwater discharge campus using rain gardens filled with a nanoengineered absorbent glass. The campus is already home to two rain gardens, built in 2011 as part of a U.S. National Science Foundation control study to determine the glass’ effectiveness. According to the study, the glass, known […]

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