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Fighting Drought With Fire

Wed, 2016-05-25 09:27
Source:  U.S. Geological Survey Deck: 

Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.

Image:  Comparison of Upper Lewis Creek previously treated with prescribed fire. Top is before fire; bottom is after. Publication Date:  May 25, 2016

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Community Cleanup Uses Trash for Environmental Research

Tue, 2016-05-24 12:57
Source:  Hydro Intl. Deck: 

Hydro Intl. and United Way clear garbage from creek

Portland, Maine-based Hydro Intl., a global supplier of products and services used for the treatment of storm water and wastewater, worked with United Way and the Cumberland Country Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) to clean up trash from the Long Creek Watershed May 19. The waste collected during this collaborative volunteer day will be used in a research study to enhance water quality treatment across the country and the world.

Image:  Hydro Intl. volunteers John Larson, Dave Mongeau and Kristy Greco remove trash along Long Creek. Company Reference:  Hydro International - Stormwater Hydro International - Wastewater Publication Date:  May 24, 2016

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Awards Idaho Company

Tue, 2016-05-24 12:47
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Hamilton Manufacturing Inc. earns President’s “E” Award for Exports

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Hamilton Manufacturing Inc. (HMI) with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Accepting the award for HMI was CEO Christy Hamilton, President Tom Eames and Vice-President Matt Smith.

Image:  Export award.jpg Company Reference:  Hamilton Mfg. Inc. Publication Date:  May 24, 2016

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California Water Board Recognized CloudCompli & OC Public Works

Mon, 2016-05-23 10:35
Source:  PR Newswire Deck: 

Organizations awarded for the 2016 Data Innovation Challenge

The California Water Board recognized CloudCompli for its winning entry in the board's inaugural Data Innovation Challenge.

The Data Innovation Challenge was issued following the California Water Board Data Fair to "create applications, visualizations and other tools to help harness publicly available water data related to climate change adaptation, regulatory oversight, and water quality."

Image:  CloudCompli Awarded.jpg Publication Date:  May 23, 2016

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Minister Addresses Climate Change at Grey to Green

Mon, 2016-05-23 10:24
Source:  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Deck: 

Minister Glen Murray to speak at conference exploring leverage of green infrastructure assets

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announced Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen R. Murray, MPP, will be a keynote speaker at Grey to Green 2016: Addressing Climate Change with Green Infrastructure. 

Image:  Grey to Green.jpg Publication Date:  May 23, 2016

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ASTM Names International Chairman

Fri, 2016-05-20 09:55
Source:  American Excelsior Company Deck: 

Kurt Kelsey will fill the two-year term with potential for re-appointment

Director of Technical Services for American Excelsior Co., Kurt Kelsey, was recently named Chairman of Subcommittee D18.25 onErosion and Sediment Control Technology for ASTM International.

Image:  Kurt Kelsey Company Reference:  American Excelsior Co. Publication Date:  May 20, 2016

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American Water CEO Co-Presents New Model for Infrastructure Investment

Fri, 2016-05-20 09:49
Source:  American Water Deck: 

Bipartisan Policy Center’s executive council on infrastructure lays out vision for increasing public-private partnerships and private capital

To help address the $2 trillion in infrastructure needs facing the country, a group of leading CEOs and former elected officials released a report calling for a major culture change in how the U.S. funds infrastructure projects.

Image:  New Investing Model AW.jpg Company Reference:  American Water Publication Date:  May 20, 2016

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USDA Announces $10.7 Million Available for Water Research

Thu, 2016-05-19 09:40
Source:  U.S. Department of Agriculture Deck: 

Funding targets critical problems in rural and agricultural watersheds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Image:  USDA Water Research.jpg Publication Date:  May 19, 2016

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Survey Relays Respondents’ Concerns for Louisiana Coastline

Thu, 2016-05-19 09:38
Source:  America's Wetland Foundation Deck: 

Coastal advocates support restoration and dedicated coastal funds

The America's Wetland Foundation (AWF) released results of its recent online selected coastal leaders survey that show high concern among respondents about the state of Louisiana's coast.

Image:  Louisiana Coastline.jpg Publication Date:  May 19, 2016

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Bio-Microbics Receives Presidential Award for Exports

Wed, 2016-05-18 09:37
Source:  Bio-Microbics Deck: 

Award is highest recognition U.S. entity can receive for making significant contribution to expansion of U.S. exports

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Bio-Microbics Inc. with the President’s “E Star” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC.  The President’s “E Star” Award (having received the “E” Award four years prior for eligibility) is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Bio-Microbics was the only Kansas company to receive an "E Star" Award this year, joining 21 other companies across the country who met an eight-year export growth threshold.

Image:  BioMicrobics_USAPresidents_E_STAR_AWARD.JPG Company Reference:  Bio-Microbics, Inc. Bio-Microbics, Inc. Publication Date:  May 18, 2016

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IECA Seeks Speakers for Environmental Connection 2017

Wed, 2016-05-18 09:32
Source:  IECA Deck: 

Deadline for abstract submissions is May 31

The International Erosion Control Assn. is accepting speaker submissions for Environmental Connection 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia to be held at Cobb Galleria Centre Feb. 21 through 24.

Image:  IECA Presenters.jpg Company Reference:  IECA Publication Date:  May 18, 2016

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Be Inspired Awards Submission Deadline Draws Near

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:50
Source:  Bentley Systems Inc. Deck: 

New category recognizes innovation in reality modeling

Bentley Systems Inc., a provider of software solutions for infrastructure, announced its call for submissions to the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program.

Image:  Be Inspired Awards.png Company Reference:  Bentley Systems Inc. Publication Date:  May 17, 2016

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VWC Celebrates Infrastructure Week 2016 With National Tour

Tue, 2016-05-17 11:41
Source:  Value of Water Coalition Deck: 

Water agencies address America's deferred maintenance crisis, highlight areas of innovation

The Value of Water Coalition kicked off Infrastructure Week with a national tour of water sector innovators. There is no doubt the infrastructure crises facing the country are vast—from roads and rails to ports and pipes. In the water sector, the infrastructure crisis comes in the form of hundred-year-old systems. There are water main breaks every two minutes across the country and severe stresses on systems, from flooding to drought, which make in increasingly difficult to maintain a safe, reliable water supply. But there are some advancing solutions to the nation's water challenges.

Image:  InfraWeek.jpg Publication Date:  May 17, 2016

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Oldcastle Precast Supplies Concrete Fish Ladder to Conn. DOT

Mon, 2016-05-16 10:55
Source:  Oldcastle Precast Deck: 

Construction allows fish to travel up stream by jumping from box to box

Oldcastle Precast prefabricated a precast concrete pool and weir fish ladder, designed for a tributary to Hubbard Brook, Middletown, as part of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s State Route 410 (Aircraft Road) culvert rehabilitation project.

Image:  Oldcastle Fish Ladders.jpg Oldcastle Fish Ladders 2.jpg Publication Date:  May 16, 2016

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Foundations Join Forces to Advance Concept of One Water

Mon, 2016-05-16 10:49
Source:  Water Environment Research Foundation Deck: 

Combined research portfolio demonstrates value of used water

The Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation announced the merger of their organizations. The new non-profit, called the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), brings together a portfolio of research in water, wastewater and storm water, valued at more than $200 million. The merger strengthens the industry movement toward One Water, which realizes the true value of all water.

Image:  WERF & WRRF Merge.jpg Company Reference:  WateReuse Association Publication Date:  May 16, 2016

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EPA Awards $1.95M Grant to WERF

Fri, 2016-05-13 10:16
Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

Virginia foundation will research cost-effective storm water management options

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1.95 million grant for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) of Alexandria, Va., to develop tools to will help communities nationwide choose the best ways to control storm water runoff.

Image:  EPA Awards WERF.jpg Publication Date:  May 13, 2016

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Illinois River Quality Linked to Crop Efficiency

Fri, 2016-05-13 10:08
Source:  University of Illinois Deck: 

Improvements in corn production correlate to lower nitrate levels

The nitrate discharge levels in the Illinois River from 2010 to 2014 were 10% lower than levels recorded in the 1980s and early 1990s.

A study from the University of Illinois suggests the change in nitrate levels may be due to more efficient farming practices as farmers. The study tracked crop yields, fertilizer sales and livestock numbers for the corresponding time periods to calculate residual agricultural nitrogen.

Image:  Illinois River 0.jpg Publication Date:  May 13, 2016

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Water Quality at RI's Bristol Town Beach Improves

Thu, 2016-05-12 10:20
Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

Handful of low impact developments improves area’s water quality, reduces beach closures

Urban runoff and wildlife waste contributed to high levels of bacteria at Rhode Island’s Bristol Town Beach. But series of restoration measures has improved the area’s water quality.

The beach experienced a large number of closures before solutions were implemented. Pollution sources also contributed to elevated bacteria levels resulting in shellfish closures in Upper Narragansett Bay. The pathogen impairment of Upper Narragansett Bay was first listed as impaired for shellfishing by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on its 1998 Clean Water Act list.

Image:  RI Bristol Beach crop.jpg Publication Date:  May 12, 2016

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Drought Hurts Inland San Diego Water Sources

Thu, 2016-05-12 10:17
Source:  San Diego Coastkeeper Deck: 

Study links high bacteria and low oxygen in coastal water sheds to four-year drought

The on-going four-year drought in California has negatively impacted inland water sources, where low levels of oxygen and high levels of bacteria have been detected.

According to a report from San Diego Coastkeeper, nine of 11 coastal watersheds in 2015 rated as fair, marginal or poor following water sample testing. Those scores fell in line with scores of 2014 samples.

Image:  SDC Drough Report.jpg Publication Date:  May 12, 2016

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Coalition Launched to Make Economic Case for Better Cities

Wed, 2016-05-11 11:17
Source:  Meltwater Press Deck: 

Partnership of more than 20 major institutions supports global decision-making

The New Climate Economy, along with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, launched the Coalition for Urban Transitions, a major international initiative to make an economic case for better urban development, globally.

Image:  Global Coalition.jpg Publication Date:  May 11, 2016

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