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  • Causes of ecological degradation in waterways

    Human activities can have a multitude of different effects on rivers and streams, and it is difficult to identify those that have the biggest impact on aquatic populations. A newly developed method for assessing ecological degradation in waterways helps deal with this problem and could provide crucial information for water managers charged with tackling the root causes of degradation. In the EU, ...

  • Washington State Continues Permits for Aquatic Pesticides

    OLYMPIA, Washington (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology will continue using permits to control the use of aquatic pesticides in and around state waters. Use of the permits came into question when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, ruled in November 2006 that a pesticide applied according to the federal label is not a pollutant under the federal Clean ...

  • Atkins appointed to national ecology framework

    The Environment Agency has contracted Atkins to provide expert ecological advice in freshwater ecology and conservation management across England and Wales. Atkins, the UK’s largest engineering design consultancy, has been appointed to the national Ecological Services Framework Lot 1 which relates to aquatic and terrestrial ecology. This continues its longstanding relationship with the Agency ...


    By Atkins

  • Washington state issues aquatic weed control pesticide permit

    Although the key definition of whether a pesticide applied to surface waters is, or is not, a pollutant is still to be decided in court. The Washington State Department of Ecology Wednesday reissued a general permit for the application of pesticides to control aquatic weeds in irrigation water conveyance systems. The permit covers 16 irrigation districts that use pesticides to control aquatic ...

  • EnviroScience, Inc. Awarded Five-Year $37.3 Million EPA Contract for National Aquatic Resource Surveys

     EnviroScience, Inc. has been selected as a prime contractor for a five-year $37.3 million contract with the Environmental Protection Agency's National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) program. "The expertise of our biologists, lab specialists and fishery scientists makes us a natural fit for the EPA's requirements of gauging the health of the nation's water," said Martin A. Hilovsky, ...


    By EnviroScience, Inc.

  • EnviroScience Opens Nashville Office and Expands Capabilities into Hazardous Materials and Ecological Damage Assessments

    EnviroScience, Inc. has opened a Nashville, Tennessee office and has hired local employees with extensive chemistry and toxicology backgrounds.  The new office will bring additional capabilities of ecological damage assessments and HAZMAT cleanup solutions to the business.  In addition, the office is expected to greatly expand EnviroScience's key business area of biological monitoring ...


    By EnviroScience, Inc.

  • Ecological Services and Lake Management Environmental Firm Receives 2011 Top Workplace Award

    EnviroScience, Inc. was recently honored as one of the top places to work, ranking 6th out of 60 ranked small businesses in Northeast Ohio as listed in the Top Workplaces 2011 awards published by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Top Workplaces 2011 award holds special significance because the selections are based upon the opinions of the employees.  The top companies ...


    By EnviroScience, Inc.

  • US to improve wetland mitigation with better monitoring

    The US Army Corps of Engineers and US Environmental Protection Agency this week released a new rule to clarify how to provide compensatory mitigation for unavoidable impacts to the nation's wetlands and streams. The rule will enable the agencies to promote greater consistency, predictability and ecological success of mitigation projects under the Clean Water Act. 'This rule greatly improves ...

  • Using micro-organisms to monitor river health

    Monitoring changes in microscopic organisms called diatoms can assist in evaluating the quality of water over an entire river watershed. Researchers from France have developed a new index that could help Member States fulfill the EU's Water Framework Directive 2000 (WFD). The WFD aims to achieve good ecological and chemical status in surface water bodies by the year 2015. Diatoms are a type of ...

  • Successful trial for new remote Phosphate monitor

    Researchers at the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have conducted trials on the river Thames to evaluate a new remote phosphate monitoring technology (Cycle-P) as part of a high-frequency (hourly resolution) monitoring programme that is studying river nutrient concentrations and how they are affected by algal abundance. The monitoring system ran continuously over the summer of ...

  • EPA awards over $270,000 to the city of maumelle, Arkansas

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the City of Maumelle, Arkansas are continuing their efforts to create a comprehensive plan to manage wetland resources in the White Oak Bayou watershed. EPA recently awarded $277,955 to Maumelle to ensure ecological integrity of the wetlands while allowing sustainability and urban growth. EPA continues to work with state, federal and local ...

  • UGA Student wins National Water Quality Challenge Award

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that James Wood, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Georgia located in Athens, Ga., was one of seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for Phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge. The award was based on Wood’s proposal to assess major trends in river plants and measure the ...

  • EPA Announces Awards to College Students in National Water Quality Challenge

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven undergraduate and graduate student winners for phase 1 of the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) Campus Challenge, recognizing exemplary research in the area of water quality and ecosystems. Announced in February, the NARS Campus Challenge encourages students to develop proposals for research projects that find innovative ...

  • EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life. “The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams ...

  • Employee promotions recognize talent and include new client services division at Integral

    Integral Consulting Inc. announces several promotions within the company. The promotions include the establishment of a new position of Vice President of Client Services as well as recognition of scientists and administrative staff who contributed to the firm’s success in 2009. Despite a challenging economic climate, the company grew last year—adding a geochemistry and mining group to the Denver, ...


    By Integral Consulting Inc.

  • Research focus on Australia’s rivers and wetlands

    As a result of reduced water availability and unsustainable demands on our environment, Australia’s rivers, lakes, wetlands and floodplains have suffered severe degradation. There is growing recognition of the need to supply ‘environmental water’ to protect and conserve these important ecosystems. The Ecological Responses to Altered Flow Regimes Cluster, launched today by CSIRO ...

  • Scientists measure Elwha River conditions now to help measure 2012 dam removal success

    When the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in Washington State are torn down in 2012, scientists will be able to see — as never before — how the removal of large dams affects the restoration of ecosystems, plants, fisheries and other animals. Experts hope that removing the dams will restore more than 70 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead, as well as other native ...

  • STL ready for the Water Framework Directive

    European legislation detailing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2003, providing a clear framework for the protection, improvement and sustainable use of water across Europe. We have been working on a development programme to help organisations meet the analytical requirements of the new Directive, and are now able to offer the majority of analysis. The Directive ...


  • ESI led low flow consortium to deliver major programme of investigation for Severn Trent Water

    The Environment Agency initially identified 31 sites for Severn Trent Water to investigate under the National Environment Plan in AMP5.  One site (the Worcestershire Middle Severn Sandstone groundwater unit) comprised 19 sub-sites for which individual assessment were required.  This was a substantial increase in the number of sites compared to previous AMP periods and meant that almost ...

  • US river flows altered by water management

    The amount of water flowing in streams and rivers has been significantly altered in nearly 90% of waters that were assessed in a new nationwide USGS study. Flow alterations are a primary contributor to degraded river ecosystems and loss of native species. Flows are altered by a variety of land- and water-management activities, including reservoirs, diversions, subsurface tile drains, groundwater ...

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