Iowa Beaches Close in Record Numbers

The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa’s beaches are being closed in record number as a result of toxic blue-green algae blooms. More closures are expected before summer’s end, according to the story. The blooms are caused by high levels of nutrients — primarily phosphorus, but also nitrogen — along…

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A Search for Higher Ground

On the eve of President Obama’s planned visit to Alaska, The Dispatch News tells a poignant story “Slowly, a village relocates” exposing the real and present effects of climate change on some 350 residents of Newtok. Internal disputes and funding issues have slowed the needed migration, and put severe strain…

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Riparian Area Weed Management

Managing weeds in riparian areas can be a great challenge for many reasons. Moving water, along with heavy use by wildlife, livestock and humans, can provide a constant source of reinfestation. Higher soil moisture levels, which help many riparian species to thrive, can also benefit noxious weeds. Several herbicides, effective…

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20th Anniversary Edition of Trout Headwaters RECENT WORK Released

RECENT WORK | By Trout Headwaters, Inc. | Blurb Trout Headwaters has recently released an anniversary edition of its Recent Work, featuring stream, wetland and habitat restoration projects across the United States.  Hundreds of photos, as well as quotes on nature and the environment are assembled in this concise volume…

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‘Purple Pipes’ Reduce Nutrients, Water Demand on Potomac

Chesapeake Bay Journal writer Whitney Pipkin posts an interesting story recently about the use of treated wastewater for use on fields and in cooling towers for power generation in areas like Fairfax County, VA.  This is water that otherwise would be processed at significant cost and then discharged back to…

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LA Deploys “Shade Balls” to Conserve Water

NPR reports recently that 20,000 black plastic balls were dropped down the slopes of Los Angeles Reservoir, joining 95,980,000 of their brethren already covering the surface of the water.  The effort is the final deployment of shade balls in a $34.5 million water quality protection project aimed at preventing evaporation…

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Pumping Groundwater to Offset Drought?

Increasing drought has caused freshwater aquifers to be increasingly tapped to make up for surface waters lost from drought-depleted wetlands, lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Reports show that we are drawing down these mostly nonrenewable supplies at unsustainable rates in the Western United States and in several other dry regions across…

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Water Pollution Curbs Proposed by Interior

The Obama administration this week proposed a long-awaited rule that promises to protect more than 6,000 miles of streams around the country from the impacts of both surface and underground coal mining. The U.S. Department of Interior’s proposed stream protection rule adds requirements for companies to monitor and test streams…

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The Water Pollution Blame Game

The White House recently finalized rules to clarify jurisdiction for the Clean Water Act. But it won’t resolve the fights boiling over between urban and rural interests in places like Iowa and elsewhere over how to clean it up. Des Moines, Iowa has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars…

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See No Evil…. in Wyoming

Under statutes just signed into law by the governor, if you discover an environmental disaster in Wyoming you are required by law to keep it to yourself.  According to legal experts, the statutes which make it a crime to “collect resource data” from any “open land,” are clearly unconstitutional and interfere with…

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