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Friday, August 1, 2014
A new study shows California's historic drought will cost the state $2.2 billion in this year alone and result in the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.   The research, by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences also reports: The drought in 2014 will result in a 6.6 million acre-foot reduction...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Did you know that well managed natural forests help provide cleaner drinking water to urban communities?   A report by the USDA Forest Service states nearly 80 percent of the nation’s freshwater originates from forestland. That crisp taste of fresh water is made possible by healthy forests, and when forests are...
Friday, June 6, 2014
100,000 fast-growing poplar trees will filter nutrient-laden water from a wastewater treatment plant in Missoula.  The water has already gone through the plant’s disinfection and clarification process, and is legal to be dumped back in the Clark Fork River. But the trees will use up the remaining phosphorus and nitrogen...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Water managers are showing increased interest in mitigating the impacts of fire on their source watersheds as wildfires continue to increase.  The combination of drought, wildfire, and flood seen especially in the west mean that blackened soil and other fire remains accumulate in nearby valleys, clogging and contaminating...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span...
Friday, March 28, 2014
The EPA came out with a proposed rule this week that would clarify and extend their regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The proposed rule redefines what constitutes as “waters of the US” (WOTUS) and gives more clearly defined limits on what the EPA can regulate as a US waterway. The proposal is...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Riparian buffers are vegetative/forested areas along streams that filter out contaminants, helping maintain clean watersheds: for decades, they have been used in best management practices to protect streams from contaminants and agricultural runoff.  At the Stroud Water Research Center, scientists have been trying to...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
MIT’s Rohit Karnik is a mechanical engineer who made a surprising connection between water filtration systems and the inner workings of plants: while at a meeting about plants and water flow, he realized that the xylem tissue in plants could be an effective and cheap method of cleaning up water. Xylem – “the stuff in...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Major watershed restoration efforts for the Tongrass National Forest/ Twelvemile Creek watershed on the Prince of Wales Island were begun in 2009, including wildlife habitat and streamside vegetation improvements, fish crossing and road condition improvements, and major in-stream channel work.  This work, which was...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Water quality trading systems- which enable farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to sell water quality credits to regulated entities like developers and waste water treatment facilities – lower the cost of regulatory compliance with water quality laws. These credits can enable developers to build in one place because...

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