Latest Surface runoff Stories

2010-08-18 15:04:04

Reducing the runoff from plant nutrients that can eventually wash into the Chesapeake Bay could someday be as easy as checking the weather forecast, thanks in part to work by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. One way farmers manage manure from their livestock is by applying it to crop fields, which increases soil levels of nitrogen and phosphorus. But when it rains, the nitrogen and phosphorus in freshly applied manure is much more likely to run off and pollute nearby water...

2010-08-16 15:14:48

Arsenic in food supplements passes through chickens, then passes through the field Fields amended with poultry litter can accumulate significant levels of arsenic, according to studies by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and associates. These findings provide key information about the agricultural pollutants that can build up in agricultural soils over time"”and possibly migrate into nearby streams and rivers. Poultry producers have sometimes supplemented chicken...

2010-08-09 15:52:00

NOVATO, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, as the California Senate considers major new recommendations to increase freshwater flows to the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, the Bay Institute released Gone with the Flow, a primer on how flows support a healthy ecosystem, and how the lack of flow is degrading that ecosystem to the point of collapse. The primer is available for free at http://www.bay.org/assets/Gone%20with%20the%20Flow%20WEB%20FINAL.pdf. "Flow is the most important driver...

2010-07-27 05:18:00

EVERETT, Wash., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- WaterTectonics, an international leader in on-site water treatment technology and services, is pleased to announce the company has been granted General Use Level Designation (GULD) from the Washington State Department of Ecology for its WaveIonics Electrocoagulation Subtractive Technology (ECST). The company's innovative WaveIonics ECST is one of only two approved methods for treatment of stormwater runoff on construction sites in the state of...

2010-07-20 05:00:00

LONGMONT, Colo., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to cool buildings, reduce stormwater runoff and restore the natural environment, cities increasingly are turning to "green roofs." Municipalities can't rip up the concrete and steel that cover the urban landscape, but they can use rooftops to bring nature back to high-density areas. Green roofs are rooftops that are covered with vegetation. Planted over waterproof materials, they often include underground irrigation devices such as the...

2010-07-19 08:57:20

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a computer model that will accurately predict stormwater pollution impacts from proposed real-estate developments "“ allowing regulators to make informed decisions about which development projects can be approved without endangering water quality. The model could serve as a blueprint for similar efforts across the country. "The model is designed to evaluate the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus found in stormwater runoff from...

2010-06-30 13:25:00

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Surface water pollution is the subject--how to prevent it, how it travels once it has occurred, and how to filter it. Public Works officials, engineers, commercial property executives, universities, construction, and industry professionals will be looking at leading edge methods for addressing stormwater pollution challenges at StormCon, the world's largest stormwater conference, held August 1-5, 2010, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill...

2010-06-28 12:09:00

MALIBU, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Moving aggressively forward to improve water quality and protect public health at the world-renowned Paradise Cove, the City of Malibu today hosted a beach party and picnic to celebrate the launch of its Clean Ocean Project, an innovative facility to capture, clean and disinfect stormwater and urban runoff before it reaches the Pacific. Youngsters frolicked in the surf and guests enjoyed a picnic provided by the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe at the...

2010-06-21 15:32:47

Grassed waterways including compost filter socks reduce soil erosion and herbicide concentrations from fields Water runoff from cropped farm fields can contain large amounts of eroded soil as well as some of the fertilizer and herbicide. Expanding on existing conservation practices, a team of scientists has tested whether compost filters socks in grassed waterways would reduce sediment flow and retain dissolved chemicals in runoff. The researchers observed reduced sediment in a non-tilled...

2010-06-17 16:05:00

IRRC Also Votes to Enhance Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Regulations HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today praised two votes by members of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission that he said will protect Pennsylvania's streams and drinking water supplies against total dissolved solids pollution from Marcellus Shale drilling wells and other sources from stormwater runoff. The new total dissolved solids, or TDS, rules the...

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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