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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...

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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...

2009-06-15 14:43:51

There may be thousands of things large and small that can be done to better control pollution on even the smallest waterways, and a new tool developed at Purdue University may help sort out how to choose the best ones.Indrajeet Chaubey, an associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering, combined a best management practices tool with a complex genetic algorithm that can search out the best solutions for non-point source pollution control in a watershed. By analyzing data from...

2009-06-10 15:17:00

Guidelines and Applications Now Available for 09-10 Tax Credit Program HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania farmers are making further investments in the environment by implementing on-farm conservation practices while enhancing their farm's production, thanks to the Resource Enhancement and Protection tax credit program, or REAP. "Pennsylvania farmers are charged with protecting our soils and water supply by being good stewards of the land," said Agriculture...

2009-05-12 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alaska Gold Co. (Alaska Gold), and NovaGold Resources Inc. (NovaGold), the owners and operators of the Rock Creek Mine near Nome, Alaska, have agreed to pay a $883,628 civil penalty to resolve violations of a stormwater discharge permit, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. According to the court documents, in 2006, Alaska Gold, an Alaskan corporation and its parent company, NovaGold, a...

2009-04-13 15:05:02

A U.S. study suggests the significant increase in polyaromatic hydrocarbons entering waterways might come from driveway and parking lot sealcoats. University of New Hampshire scientists said polyaromatic hydrocarbons, more commonly known as PAHs, are found in diesel and crude oil and are considered to be carcinogenic. Our society has been sealcoating pavement for decades and there are things we've never asked about, said Associate Professor Tom Ballestero. Now we're starting to probe and ask...

2009-04-09 07:46:12

 Driveways and parking lots may look better with a layer of sealcoat applied to the pavement, but the water running off the surface into nearby streams will be carrying more than just oxygen and hydrogen molecules. New research conducted at the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center (UNHSC) indicates that sealcoat may contribute to increasingly significant amounts of polyaromatic hydrocarbons entering waterways from stormwater runoff.Polyaromatic hydrocarbons, more commonly known...

2009-04-02 12:03:19

Much of Texas' wheat may be grazed as a part of a dual-use crop. But many fields are still prepared using conventional tillage, which may not efficiently capture rainfall "“ a key to economic success in a semi-arid environment, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Paul DeLaune, environmental soil scientist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon, said tillage operations can increase soil compaction, thereby increasing runoff.Each year, depending on market...

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2009-02-22 10:05:00

California's primary source of irrigation water is projected to go dry in 2009 due to drought, idling more than 60,000 workers and up to 1 million acres of farmland, federal officials said Friday.California water officials declared a zero allocation policy for farmers who purchase water from the federally managed Central Valley Project (CVP), and repeated their plans to reduce amounts supplied from a separate state-run water system to 15 percent of normal.The cutbacks are an enormous setback...

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2008-12-19 10:22:12

Muddy secrets tell of a toxic past and prompt delay in predicted cleanup date The slow natural restoration of hazardous sediments mired beneath the Puget Sound is progressing, thanks to Mother Nature and a stiff dose of federal environmental regulations. But, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory warn that this recovery process may take 10 to 30 years longer than first predicted, because of increased urban growth and its associated untreated runoff....


Latest Surface runoff Reference Libraries

Erosion
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,...

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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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