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2008-07-19 21:00:18

By Kristin S. Agostoni Regional water-quality regulators said Friday a recent court ruling has forced them to quit issuing citations for illegal stormwater discharges and pursuing pending violations - including a stack mailed this spring to several South Bay cities. Officials with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, which covers Los Angeles and Ventura counties, said they also would halt certain permits for new construction projects as a result of the court decision....

2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Liz Mitchell, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jul. 16--In an effort to save the May River from pollutants and bacteria, Bluffton officials plan to redirect stormwater from the May northward to the Colleton River. Efforts will include removing mounds of dirt obstructing the flow of runoff, installing a pumping system and creating a wetland. Ten years ago, runoff flowed to both rivers, but rapid growth in and around downtown Bluffton pushed a continuous flow into the May,...

2008-07-13 06:00:15

By Jay Price, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 13--The pause in construction has allowed governments and environmentalists to get ahead of some of the coastal boom. The legislature is working on tougher controls on coastal development aimed at reducing stormwater runoff, which is a major cause of contaminated shellfish beds. A primary feature is requiring ponds that retain runoff. Environmental groups back the more restrictive rules. They also hope to take advantage of...

2008-07-09 15:00:19

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 9--Critics of a new Columbia River crossing have long argued that a planned replacement bridge on Interstate 5 will degrade the environment and fuel more urban sprawl. Now, federal environmental regulators are echoing many of those same concerns -- plus a new one. The Environmental Protection Agency called for project officials to assure that bridge footings drilled deep into the river bottom won't pollute Clark County's major...

2008-07-08 06:00:00

By Kevin Clerici, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 8--State water regulators Monday abruptly canceled a public workshop planned for this week in Ventura, temporarily silencing dozens of local officials who had prepared for weeks to argue against tough new storm-water rules for Ventura County. Thursday's workshop before the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board was canceled because of a legal ruling last week involving the board, according to a brief notice sent Monday to local...

2008-07-05 09:00:14

By Kim Brown, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 5--Water conservation isn't a new topic for gardeners, but designing gardens to use rain and runoff water to help the environment are on the forefront of national garden trends. That's one reason why the Tulsa Herb Society is hosting the free lecture, "An Evening with Holly Hoffmann," from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. From practicality to preservation, Hoffmann said she creates rain gardens -- or depressed...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

By O'Riordan, Timothy Agriculture is beginning to be counted in the sustainability stakes. Agricultural runoff poses one of the most significant threats to physical and chemical water quality in the United Kingdom, according to the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. And, as Juha Siikamaki makes clear in his article, "Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Examining the Connections" (page 36), the agricultural sector contributes a significant amount of greenhouse gas...

2008-07-02 12:00:00

By Alex Breitler, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 2--STOCKTON -- Two Delta groups with normally opposite interests said Tuesday they intend to sue the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County for pollution coming from stormwater runoff and sewage. The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta, a group of south Valley farmers and water users, claims Stockton has allowed heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides to escape through storm drains and into the fragile estuary. The California...

2008-07-01 03:00:20

By Deb Gruver, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 1--To help curb flooding, the city and county plan to collaborate on design standards for storm sewers, ditches and ponds that handle stormwater runoff. "There have been all kinds of national organizations that over the last centuries have come up with ways to calculate drainage," said Jim Weber, deputy director of public works for Sedgwick County. "The purpose of the (design manual) is to more or less find the ones that work the best here and...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

By E.B. FURGURSON III pfurgurson@capitalgazette.com The South River's health looked much better than last year, according to the fourth annual South River Snapshot taken by volunteers. The likely difference? Rain and runoff. Without rain flushing pollutants into the river, test results looked pretty good. The snapshot measures conditions across the watershed in a two- hour period. Last year's snapshot, taken after significant rainfall, showed high levels of pollutants across the...


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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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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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