Latest Surface runoff Stories
By Wade Rawlins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 30--Last year's drought had at least one benefit: It made the state's beaches some of the cleanest in the nation.
Farmers are discovering the consequences of massive flooding throughout the Midwest. The excess rainfall has caused the nutrient-rich topsoil to be washed away.
By Joe Segura, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jul.
By Samantha Gonzaga The state's Water Resources Control Board has halted all new water-related construction in the Los Angeles Basin after an Orange County judge ordered the suspension of urban runoff quality standards.
By Susan Palmer, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. Jul. 19--If you want to find dangerous pollutants in the McKenzie River, you have to look very hard.
By Tampone, Kevin SYRACUSE - Dust. Who would have thought it could be useful? Really, it's an irritant to everyone from allergy sufferers to neat freaks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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...