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$2.7 Million in Environmental Education Grants Available

Wed, 2014-12-24 10:07
Source:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

The grant program is funded by the EPA and supports local environmental education projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000.

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Tampa Bay Water Awards Grants to Help Protect Drinking Water Sources

Tue, 2014-12-23 14:22
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Tampa Lowry Park Zoo and Keep Tampa Beautiful received $10,000 in grants

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will use the funds to make source water protection a consistent theme in its education and outreach efforts. The Zoo is in the early stages of planning initiatives that will shape its role in conservation and source water protection over the next quarter century. The grant funding will go to developing education materials, exhibits, signage, website content and other educational programming.

Image:  tampabay.JPG Publication Date:  December 23, 2014

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$3.5 Million in Grants to Promote Green Storm Water Management Practices

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:31
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Philadelphia Water Department and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation award grants to 13 projects

The Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) is a grant program designed to be a catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of storm water runoff and burden the city’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green storm water management practices. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs.

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First National Regulations to Safeguard Disposal of Coal Ash

Tue, 2014-12-23 10:40
Source:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

Regulations protect communities from the harmful effects of coal ash by meeting the federal minimum criteria

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal. 

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WRF Study Supports Hex Chrome Treatment Technology and Removal Process

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:37
Source:  The Water Research Foundation Deck: 

Hex Chrome is proven to be a carcinogen when inhaled at elevated levels

The Water Research Foundation (WRF), completed bench- and pilot-scale testing to explore treatment process efficacies for removing hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) from the District’s groundwater supplies. The primary goals of this study were to evaluate Cr(VI) removal performance of strong base anion exchange (SBA-IX) and to compare and validate commercially available SBA-IX resin performance in terms of Cr(VI) exchange capacity, regeneration quality, and frequency requirements.

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Potable Reuse Is the Most Affordable Source of New Water

Mon, 2014-12-22 11:06
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Purified wastewater could meet the water needs of 8 million people in California

Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the United States, as well as elsewhere around the globe. A viable and affordable solution for many communities is to turn their wastewater into purified drinking water, according to a new WateReuse Research Foundation White Paper.

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New England Ski Resorts Must Enforce Oil Spill Prevention Plans

Mon, 2014-12-22 10:24
Source:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

Eight ski companies fined for failing to comply with the federal Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations

New England ski resorts have a legal responsibility to create and implement updated oil spill prevention plans to be in compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws. Adhering to “Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure” rules helps ensure that the local environment in the communities in which they operate are better protected from the potential of a damaging oil spill.

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ENR Northeast Selects Project for Annual Award

Fri, 2014-12-19 11:31
Source:  Kleinfelder Deck: 

Kleinfelder project named Best Water/Environment Project of 2014

Engineering News-Record Northeast (ENR Northeast) has named the Alewife Stormwater Wetlands the “Best Water/Environment Project of 2014.”

A jury of engineers, architects and scientists representing ENR’s 10 regional editions selected the project its design, innovative technical delivery, and health and safety standards throughout the three-year project.

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Environmentalists Sue EPA

Fri, 2014-12-19 10:23
Source:  The Environmental Defense Center Deck: 

EPA charged with ignoring the 2003 ruling ordering the agency to correct & strengthen rules for urban runoff 

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen standards to prevent pollution from storm water, one of the nation’s most widespread forms of water pollution. More than a decade ago a federal appeals court ordered EPA to strengthen those protections, but the agency has failed to take action.

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Wetland Foundation Report Says Private Investment Can Restore Coast

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:00
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Ecosystem valuing, increased mitigation, streamlined processes & environmental exchanges needed to attract funding

The America’s Wetland Foundation (AWF) has released findings from its recent convening of diverse costal leaders, calling for cooperation within the science community on setting ecosystem values along the Gulf Coast to attract private sector investment in coastal restoration.

Image:  Gulf-Coast-Wetlands.jpg Publication Date:  December 18, 2014

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EPA Issues Albuquerque-Area Permit to Protect Rio Grande River

Thu, 2014-12-18 10:19
Source:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deck: 

The MS4 permit aims to reduce pollution from storm water runoff & restore polluted parts of the river

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues the Middle Rio Grande Watershed Based Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit that establishes requirements to reduce pollution carried by storm water runoff and restore portions of the Middle Rio Grande River that do not meet water quality standards.

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EPA Issues Albuquerque-Area Permit to Protect Rio Grande River

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California Project Achieves Certification for Sustainable Transportation Construction and Traffic Solutions

Wed, 2014-12-17 12:57
Source:  Greenroads Deck: 

The city of Santa Ana's $10.2 million traffic widening project was completed in November

TheBristol Street Widening Project is the first project in Southern California to achieve Greenroads Bronze Certification for its commitment to sustainable transportation construction and traffic solutions.

Bristol Street Phase 2 is a major north-south corridor traffic improvement project that carries more than 42,000 vehicles each day and runs through the heart of Santa Ana. The project was substantially complete in November.

Image:  Photo: Greenroads Publication Date:  December 17, 2014

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Fracking Water Reuse Project Launched in Texas

Tue, 2014-12-16 11:26
Source:  Purestream Deck: 

The reuse system removes oil, grease & suspended solids from produced water

A 5,000-barrel-per-day commercial water treatment system is treating produced and frac water for a large producer near Midland, Texas, in the Permian Basin.

The system removes oil, grease and suspended solids to below 5 parts per million from produced and frac water, allowing for reuse in the field.

Purestream Services has been contracted to treat the wastewater at a centralized water treatment facility that services a series of wells operated by the producer. Treated water processed by the system will be reused as part of the company's integrated water resource conservation effort.

Image:  Photo: Purestream Services Publication Date:  December 16, 2014

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Federal Agencies Support Virginia’s Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

Tue, 2014-12-16 10:30
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Virginia program to serve as model for similar programs across the country

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, Va. farmer to recognize a market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. 

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Federal Agencies Support Virginia’s Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

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Federal Agencies Support Virginia’s Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

Tue, 2014-12-16 10:30
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Virginia program to serve as model for similar programs across the country

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, Va., farmer to recognize a market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay. 

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Federal Agencies Support Virginia’s Market-based Approach to Improving Water Quality in Chesapeake Bay

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Senate Passes Safe and Secure Drinking Water Act

Mon, 2014-12-15 12:04
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Legislation to create drinking water standard of an algal toxin awaits House vote

Federal legislation that would compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move faster on adopting a drinking water standard for microcystin, an algal toxin, unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on Dec. 11, 2014, and is awaiting a vote by the U.S. Image:  drinkingwater.jpg Publication Date:  December 15, 2014

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MWRD Offers 'Green Bonds' for Environmentally Friendly Projects

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:39
Source:  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Deck: 

The tax-empt "green bonds" are part of a $297 million bond sale that begins Dec. 15, 2014

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will become one of the first wastewater treatment agencies in the country to offer a tax-exempt "green bond" offering to investors to fund environmentally-friendly infrastructure projects. Green Bonds were started in 2008 by the World Bank and are dedicated to financing environmentally-related projects.

Image:  5299199423_f8de99f3ee_z.jpg Publication Date:  December 15, 2014

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Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey Conducted for Illinois City

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:03
Source:  RJN Group Inc. Deck: 

RJN Group began work on the third phase of a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) for Carbondale, Ill.

Each year the city of Carbondale selects a portion of its collection system for sewer inspection to identify defects in the collection system that may be contributing to excess inflow/infiltration (I/I) and flooding.

Image:  Mexico City green camera 005.JPG Publication Date:  December 12, 2014

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CRED & ecoAmerica Release Climate Change Communication Guide

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:35
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"Connecting on Climate" includes ten principles for climate change communication

To strengthen climate communication and boost American motivation to address climate change, Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) and ecoAmerica issue a new guide, Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication.

Image:  Photo: ecoAmerica Publication Date:  December 11, 2014

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Dutch Water Boards Names Innovation Award 2014 Recipient

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:38
Source:  Royal HaskoningDHV Deck: 

Royal HaskoningDHV concept wins the annual award

The concept "Water-storing Greenhouse Roofs" by Royal HaskoningDHV has won the Water Innovation Award 2014 in the category "Enough Water," an annual award organized by the Dutch Water Boards. 

By placing partitions between the sections of existing greenhouse roofs in greenhouse horticultural areas, water is captured and stored temporarily. According to the jury, this application reduces the risk of flooding in areas used for greenhouse horticulture in an effective manner and contributes to a good use of rainwater in times of drought.
 

Image:  Photo: Royal HaskoningDHV Publication Date:  December 11, 2014

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