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Managed Aquifer Recharge Growing as Tool to Cope with Water Shortages

Tue, 2015-12-29 08:26
Source:  National Ground Water Assn. Deck: 

Managed aquifer recharge captures available water and moves it under controlled conditions into aquifers

As many states expect continued drought in 2016 and beyond, the management of aquifers—underground geologic formations that retain groundwater—will be increasingly important, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) captures available water during wet periods, during periods of local demand, or water that would be lost otherwise—then moves this water under controlled conditions into underground reservoirs called aquifers.

Image:  water18.jpg Publication Date:  December 29, 2015

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ARCSA Partners With Green Builder Coalition on Water Efficiency Rating Score

Tue, 2015-12-29 08:07
Source:  American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. Deck: 

The agreement addresses continuing education units for ARCSA accredited professionals and WERS verifiers, and announces support for ARCSA-ASPE-ANSI Standards 63 and 78 as the rainwater and storm water standards used in both the WERS and its training curriculum

American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. (ARCSA) announced an alliance with the Green Builder Coalition on the advancement of water efficiency and rainwater harvesting through the Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) program. To formalize the occasion, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the Coalition's executive director, Mike Collignon and ARCSA's president, David Crawford.

Image:  901702_32076356.jpg Publication Date:  December 29, 2015

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Settlements Require Puerto Rico to Make Major Upgrades to San Juan Water Infrastructure

Mon, 2015-12-28 10:33
Source:  U.S. Department of Justice Deck: 

Between 2005 and 2013, EPA documented that agencies were discharging untreated sewage and other pollutants from their storm sewer systems into water bodies in violation of the Clean Water Act

Under two settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), three Puerto Rico government agencies have agreed to upgrade portions of storm water systems they own within the municipality of San Juan.

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Settlements Require Puerto Rico to Make Major Upgrades to San Juan Water Infrastructure

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Study Shows Normal Weather Drives Salt Marsh Erosion

Mon, 2015-12-28 09:59
Source:  U.S. Geological Survey Deck: 

Waves from moderate storms, rather than violent events such as hurricanes, inflict the most loss on coastal wetlands

For salt marshes, hurricanes are just another day at the beach. These coastal wetlands are in retreat in many locations around the globe—raising deep concerns about damage to the wildlife that the marshes nourish and the loss of their ability to protect against violent storms. The biggest cause of their erosion is waves driven by moderate storms, not occasional major events such as Hurricane Sandy, researchers from Boston University (BU) and the U.S.

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Study Shows Normal Weather Drives Salt Marsh Erosion

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Report Says Guidelines Needed on Safe Use of Storm Water, Greywater

Wed, 2015-12-23 11:15
Source:  National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Deck: 

Greywater and storm water could significantly supplement traditional potable water supplies using existing technology to capture and treat the waters, according to the report

In the face of drought and major water shortages, the U.S. is increasingly turning to alternative water sources like storm water and greywater, but guidelines and research on their risk to public health and the environment are needed to support decisions for safe use, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Image:  rain1.jpg Publication Date:  December 23, 2015

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HydroGaïa International Water Trade Fair to be Held in May

Wed, 2015-12-23 09:37
Source:  HydroGaïa Deck: 

The trade fair will be held in Montpellier, France, at the Parc des Expositions, May 25 to 26, 2016

Hosted by Montpellier Events with the support of the Languedoc-Roussilon region, Pôle EAU, the SWELIA business network, and Sud de France Développement, the 6th edition of the HydroGaïa International Water Trade Fair will be held in Montpellier, France, at the Parc des Expositions, May 25 to 26, 2016.

Designed for professionals in the water industry, the HydroGaïa trade fair has expanded every year since it was first launched in Montpellier in 2011, and is on track to becoming the “Water Week” of France.

Image:  Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 9.36.02 AM.png Publication Date:  December 23, 2015

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Federal Budget Bill Includes $3.6 Million for Groundwater Monitoring

Tue, 2015-12-22 09:40
Source:  National Ground Water Assn. Deck: 

NGWA efforts help achieve $3.6 million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

The federal budget bill signed by President Obama on Dec. 18, 2015 includes further funding of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN), the National Ground Water Association announced today.

The budget includes $3.6 million for the NGWMN—the amount advocated by NGWA and $1 million more than in 2015.

Image:  money3.jpg Publication Date:  December 22, 2015

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Organizations Partner to Promote Rainwater Harvesting

Tue, 2015-12-22 09:34
Source:  American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. Deck: 

ARCSA and ASPE will promote the strategies as a valuable water resource for a variety of potable and non-potable uses to alleviate water scarcity issues and improve water quality

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. (ARCSA) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly advance the organizations’ mutual interests in rainwater and storm water harvesting systems design and installation.

Image:  David Crawford and Billy Smith, FASPE, sign the MOU at ASPE’s 2015 Technical Symposium Publication Date:  December 22, 2015

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Research Foundations Announce Plans to Merge

Mon, 2015-12-21 10:09
Source:  WateReuse Deck: 

Water Environment Research Foundation and WateReuse Research Foundation boards of directors have agreed to integrate

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) boards of directors have unanimously agreed to take the steps necessary to merge and integrate.

The two organizations recognize and value their history and respective missions, and believe that merging will create synergies, reduce future water research redundancy, further the evolution toward a unified voice for water, and increase the value proposition to their respective subscribers by enhancing and leveraging investments.

Image:  network.jpg Publication Date:  December 21, 2015

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Congress Passes Spending Bill that Includes Great Lakes Funding

Mon, 2015-12-21 09:59
Source:  Alliance for the Great Lakes Deck: 

The priorities are designed to protect clean water, prevent new invasive species and help keep Great Lakes beaches and rivers healthy and safe

The U.S. House and Senate passed a 2016 federal omnibus budget that includes Great Lakes priorities to protect clean water, prevent new invasive species and help keep Great Lakes beaches and rivers healthy and safe for people and wildlife.

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Congress Passes Spending Bill that Includes Great Lakes Funding

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Study Shows Climate Change Rapidly Warming World's Lakes

Thu, 2015-12-17 11:22
Source:  NASA Deck: 

The research shows lakes are warming an average of 0.61°F each decade

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world's freshwater supply.

Using more than 25 years of satellite temperature data and ground measurements of 235 lakes on six continents, this study—the largest of its kind—found lakes are warming an average of 0.61°F (0.34°C) each decade. The scientists say this is greater than the warming rate of either the ocean or the atmosphere, and it can have profound effects.

Image:  lake.jpg Publication Date:  December 18, 2015

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Profile Products Launches Redesigned Website

Thu, 2015-12-17 10:10
Source:  Profile Products Deck: 

New site features responsive design and enhanced search functionality

In its effort to expand its superior customer service and site-specific solutions online, Profile Products launched a redesigned website at www.profileproducts.com. The new site features a mobile friendly responsive design and enhanced search functionality. 

Image:  unnamed-15.jpg Company Reference:  Profile Products LLC Publication Date:  December 18, 2015

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Water Council, UW-Milwaukee Participate in White House Roundtable on Water Innovation

Thu, 2015-12-17 10:03
Source:  The Water Council Deck: 

The roundtable aimed to challenge stakeholders to increase innovation and investments in water technologies

The Water Council’s president and CEO, Dean Amhaus, participated in the opening “Technology as a Solution” panel for a roundtable at the White House focused on water innovation, held Dec. 15. David E J Garman PhD, associate vice chancellor water technology research and development and founding dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, also attended the invite-only roundtable.

Image:  whitehouse.jpg Publication Date:  December 17, 2015

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EPA Releases 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

Thu, 2015-12-17 09:05
Source:  U.S. EPA Deck: 

In fiscal year 2015, enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual enforcement and compliance results highlighted by large cases that reduce pollution and protect public health in communities across the country.

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EPA Releases 2015 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results

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EPA Finalizes Plan to Address Pollution at San German, Puerto Rico Toxic Site

Wed, 2015-12-16 10:21
Source:  U.S. EPA Deck: 

The first phase of the cleanup addresses contaminated soil and shallow groundwater and the second phase will address contamination of groundwater throughout the site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a plan to address contaminated soil and groundwater at the San German Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site in San German, Puerto Rico. The site includes the Retiro Industrial Park, which is occupied by many businesses.

Image:  soil2.jpg Publication Date:  December 16, 2015

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USDA Nationwide Farm Management, Conservation Data Gathering Begins Second Phase

Tue, 2015-12-15 10:02
Source:  U.S. Department of Agriculture Deck: 

The study will continue through February 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting farmers and ranchers now through February 2016 as part of the second National Resources Inventory – Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP-2) survey of agricultural producers’ conservation practices.

Image:  farm.jpg Publication Date:  December 15, 2015

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Study Finds Shift in Timing of Water Availability in Oregon’s Hood River Basin

Tue, 2015-12-15 09:24
Source:  Bureau of Reclamation Deck: 

Demands for water are expected to increase as climate change and population increase

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Hood River Basin Study, which assesses current and future water supply and demand in the Hood River Basin in Oregon and adjacent areas. This study identifies a range of potential strategies to address current and projected imbalances within the basin, options to move towards resilience in the face of water shortages, and will help to improve water management while sustaining the watershed’s environmental quality over the next 30 years.

Image:  hood.jpg Publication Date:  December 15, 2015

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Nations Sign Climate Change Agreement

Mon, 2015-12-14 10:24
Source:  United Nations Framework on Climate Change Deck: 

195 nations signed the agreement, which aims to keep temperature rise at less than 2°C

On Dec. 12, 2015 in Paris, 195 nations reached an agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment toward a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future. The Paris Agreement for the first time brings all nations into a common cause based on their historic, current and future responsibilities.

Image:  paris.jpg Publication Date:  December 14, 2015

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Engineering Firm Wins Award for Water Quality Modeling Tool Development Project

Fri, 2015-12-11 09:22
Source:  Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. Deck: 

The tools allow quantitative water quality master planning and BMP/LID prioritization for three major watersheds in the San Antonio River Basin

The American Council of Engineering Cos. (ACEC) Texas awarded civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) a gold medal for its work on the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Water Quality Modeling Tool Development project. The award, given under the Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services category, will be presented during the ACEC Texas Engineering Excellence Awards Gala at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio on March 21, 2016.

Image:  computer7.jpg Publication Date:  December 14, 2015

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Biosolids to Help Restore Ecosystem at Former Chicago Industrial Site

Fri, 2015-12-11 09:07
Source:  American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Deck: 

In test plots, the soil blend proved to be the best home for healthy bacteria, fungus and plants

Every city has abandoned industrial sites. Encouraging life to return to these barren areas is a challenge. It requires a healthy topsoil for plants and animals to flourish. Cities, with their heavily compacted and often contaminated soils, often struggle to restore blighted spaces. Quality soil is necessary—but not abundant in cities. Enter biosolids.

The Lake Calumet Cluster Site (LCCS) was the home of five U.S steel plants on the southeast side of Chicago. Now it’s an 87-acre wasteland of glassy slag—a rocky byproduct of steel manufacturing.

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