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2009-09-18 18:59:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Saturday marks the state's 25th annual Coastal Cleanup Day and Californians will be flocking to the coast to help remove garbage that is strewn along beaches from the North Coast to San Diego. As focus turns to cleaning up our beaches, Conserving California is reminding residents of the important investments they have made in our beaches, ocean and coastline during the past decade. Californians have approved $15.5 billion in water and...

2009-09-06 07:34:42

Advanced matted-row system proves most environmentally sustainable Strawberries are America's fifth-favorite fruit, according to consumption rates. California and Florida grow more than 95% of the nation's strawberries; an additional 12,000 acres are planted in other states. Strawberries are increasingly grown on small-scale farms in direct-to-consumer markets, which are gaining popularity as part of the emerging "local food movement". But how do growing methods designed to ensure successful...

2009-08-18 17:18:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cooper Land Development, Inc., a luxury home development company headquartered in Rogers, Ark., has agreed to pay a civil penalty and implement a storm water compliance program at its construction sites to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. According to a consent decree filed today in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., Cooper Land...

2009-08-13 14:47:30

Prediction models can identify eroded waterways from digital terrain information, and thereby identify placement of grassed waterways to reduce soil erosion.Grassed waterways are placed in agricultural fields where runoff water tends to concentrate because they can substantially reduce soil erosion. Mapping techniques that help identify where erosion channels will likely form could help farmers and conservation professionals do a better job of designing and locating grassed waterways in...

2009-08-11 12:29:00

MALIBU, Calif., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Following through with their commitment to improve water quality, Malibu City Councilmembers voted unanimously on Monday to award a $6.3 million construction contract to LH Engineering Co., Inc. to create Legacy Park, one of California's most innovative stormwater and urban runoff projects. LH Engineering Co., Inc. is expected to launch construction in September on Legacy Park, the centerpiece of the City of Malibu's more than $50 million dollar...

2009-08-06 11:44:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aggregate Industries - Northeast Region Inc., will pay a $2.75 million civil penalty and implement a regional evaluation and compliance program to resolve numerous violations of the Clean Water Act at 23 facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The penalty is the largest ever assessed to a nationwide ready-mix concrete company for storm water violations...

2009-07-31 10:16:22

Pesticides from homes and farms contribute significantly to the deterioration of the Chesapeake Bay, U.S. scientists and public health experts said. More than 16 million people live around the Chesapeake Bay, the largest and most biologically diverse estuary in the United States, the Maryland Pesticide Network and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future said Friday in a release. The Unaddressed Bay Polluter, a study sponsored by the groups, urges government agencies at all levels to...

2009-07-30 15:57:00

FRESNO, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White announced today that 15 organizations in California will receive funding from a new program under the 2008 Farm Bill that will help improve water quality and quantity. The funding is being made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP). "AWEP is...

2009-07-29 16:04:00

MALIBU, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Natural Resources Defense Council released today its annual survey of water quality at U.S. beaches called "Testing the Waters 2009." In addition to reporting 2008 beach closure and advisory days, the report stated "the best way to protect swimmers from beachwater pollution is to prevent it. Federal, state and local government can make this a priority by requiring better controls on stormwater and sewage, the two largest known sources of...

2009-07-09 13:35:00

Coastal marine ecosystems are at risk worldwide as a result of human activities, according to scientists at UC Santa Barbara who have recently published a study in the Journal of Conservation Letters. The authors have performed the first integrated analysis of all coastal areas of the world."Resource management and conservation in coastal waters must address a litany of impacts from human activities, from the land, such as urban runoff and other types of pollution, and from the sea," said...

Latest Surface runoff Reference Libraries

2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

2009-07-06 17:58:20

The water cycle (or hydrologic cycle) describes the continuous movement of water above, below, and on the planet. Since the water cycle is in fact a "cycle", there is no beginning or end. Water exists in three states: liquid, vapor, and ice. Although the balance of water on our planet is fairly constant, individual water molecules may come and go. The water cycle is driven by the sun. The sun heats the oceans and allows water to evaporate into the air. The sun also heats snow and ice which...

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