nutrient runoff News

  • Conservation work minimizes sediment, nutrient runoff

    A USDA assessment shows benefits of farmer-led conservation efforts to reducing runoff, Agriculture Secretary highlights the need for conservation programs provided by a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report that shows farmers have significantly reduced the loss of sediment and nutrients from farm fields ...

  • Reducing runoff pollution in the US

    Over the past century, runaway development has paved over forests, fields and wetlands across the country. Along with urbanization has come the problem of 'urban stormwater' – rainwater that washes over dirty surfaces such as roads, buildings and lawns and becomes a major source of pollution in rivers, lakes and bays. While much has been achieved in the past 30 years to limit pollution from ...


    By Erosion Control Forum

  • Runoff research promotes healthier aquifers

    Where rain falls can influence the quality of surface water before it enters underground reservoirs, some of which provide water that eventually comes out of our taps. That's one conclusion from a collaborative study by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Arizona (UA). The ARS and UA scientists are investigating how urban landscapes influence storm runoff and water ...

  • Calculating ‘old’ and ‘new’ water runoff

    Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He’ll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path that water follows from the field during and after the rainstorm. Ross, a member of the Watershed Systems Research Program at the University of Manitoba, is measuring water flow in a part of ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Trading

    Proposed federal legislation to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay could help a typical Maryland crop farm earn an additional USD10,000 in net profit each year, according to a new analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The analysis, How Baywide Nutrient Trading Could Benefit Maryland Farms, forecasts the potential profits to farmers who participate in an interstate nutrient ...


  • Global advances in nutrient pollution

    The UK’s Thames Water and Canada-based Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies are to form a partnership to build and operate Europe’s first wastewater treatment facility that removes phosphorus and converts it into commercial fertilizer. However, the USGS reports that phosphorus levels in US fresh water remain high and progress is absent. American environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, ...

  • Louisiana Receives Over $2 Million to Address Storm Water Runoff Pollution

    Louisiana is receiving $2,262,000 to address the most prevalent type of water pollution in the state and across the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the grant to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to prevent storm water runoff or rainfall water pollution. The project will enable Louisiana to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act by implementing the ...

  • Free Webinar: Optimizing Soil Health by Managing Nutrients

    With today's challenges, it's becoming increasingly important to practice land stewardship, protect water quality, and ensure food security.  Maintaining soil health is crucial for increased crop productivity, preventing nutrient runoff, and decreasing costs of crop inputs.  One of the first steps in managing soil health is knowing current nutrient levels ...


    By NECi Superior Enzymes

  • NACWA blasts NRDC-led litigation on nutrient pollution

    The National Association for Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is blasting litigation spearheaded by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental activists seeking  to force EPA to establish costly, one-size-fits all controls on all wastewater treatment plants nationwide to address nutrient pollution in our waterways. “NRDC and the environmental community know full well ...

  • EPA announces framework to help local governments manage stormwater runoff and wastewater

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will ...

  • U.S. EPA awards Hawaii $1.1 million to control polluted water runoff

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Hawaii Department of Health a $1.1 million grant to implement its Polluted Runoff Control (PRC) Program and to support water quality improvement projects. “EPA’s grant helps Hawaii reduce harmful stormwater runoff,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Our goal, ...

  • Growth of algae affected by ocean acidification and nutrient pollution

    Ocean acidification and eutrophication may affect the growth of microscopic algae — phytoplankton — with knock-on impacts for marine food chains and fisheries, warns a new study. By growing phytoplankton under different scenarios the researchers found that phytoplankton species are affected differently according to the acidity and nutrient content of the water. Ocean acidification is ...

  • City of York and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Open Commercial Nutrient Recovery Facility

    YORK, PA - The City of York and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. will officially open a new Nutrient Recovery Facility at the York Wastewater Treatment Plant (York WWTP) today at 11:30 a.m. This unveiling will mark the opening of the second facility in the nutrient-sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed. Ostara's technology, called the Pearl® Nutrient Recovery Process, recovers ...

  • NACWA applauds USDA on water quality initiative but calls on congress to weigh on nutrients

    The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) applauds U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement on May 8, 2012, of the National Water Quality Initiative to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff that pollute U.S. waterways. Nutrient runoff is the greatest water quality challenge facing the United States today.  The Environmental ...

  • NACWA moves to intervene in Mississippi river litigation on nutrient pollution

    The National Association for Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)  filed a Motion to Intervene today in a lawsuit initiated by the Gulf Restoration Network and other NGOs seeking  to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish costly federal numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) and nutrient total ...

  • Cutting nutrient pollution may curb harmful algal blooms

    Reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution may be an easier, more effective way to control harmful algal blooms in water than addressing warming temperatures, say researchers. Cyanobacteria, also known ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA announces short extension for Florida Nutrients Inland water rule (FL)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has requested, and the plaintiffs have agreed, to a 30-day extension for a final decision on the Florida Inland Water numeric nutrients rule from October 15, 2010 to November 14, 2010. To date, EPA has received over 22,000 comments as a result of two public comment periods and 13 public hearing sessions in the State of Florida. These comments represent ...

  • Sandia Algae Researchers Cut Costs with Improved Nutrient Recycling

    Algae are a promising source of renewable biofuels and bioproducts, and researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, are taking a step toward realizing the promise of sustainable, cost-effective algal biofuels for the American public. Sandia molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis, leading a team with OpenAlgae and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Thames Water to Recover Phosphorus From Sewage and Recycle Nutrients Into

    LONDON and VANCOUVER, BC - Thames Water and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies announced today they will incorporate a new technology at Slough Sewage Treatment Works to recover phosphorus and ammonia from its wastewater stream and transform them into an environmentally-friendly, premium-quality commercial fertiliser. Ostara's technology helps sewage treatment works cost-effectively meet ...


    By Thames Water Utilities Ltd.

  • Green Slime plagues Florida, drives home importance of nutrient removal

    While most of the country was seeing red, white, and blue this past Fourth of July, many Florida residents were seeing green. Massive algae blooms filled the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon with thick, green, toxic slime, promoting Florida governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in the countries on the state’s Atlantic Coast,  ...


    By KLa Systems, Inc.

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