soil restoration News

  • Restoring coastal wetlands? check the soil

    Rising sea levels and coastal development are threatening coastal freshwater wetlands with saltwater intrusion. While most ecosystem restoration projects have focused on surface water and groundwater, new research finds that conditions in the vadose zone, the unsaturated soil below the surface but above the water table, are of particular importance to seedling survival in coastal floodplain ...

  • Polluted Sites and Soils : From Diagnostic to Restoration

    The 6th edition of Intersol will take place in Paris, on March 2007, under the aegis of the ECE-UN and of the French Ministry of Industry. As regards to the policy for the management of a polluted site, the current concern is to reduce and even eliminate the impact of pollution on people, water resources, the ecosystems and properties.Pollution control is therefore a question of industrial ...


    By Intersol

  • Shifts in soil bacteria linked to wetland restoration success

    A new study led by Duke University researchers finds that restoring degraded wetlands -- especially those that had been converted into farm fields -- actually decreases their soil bacterial diversity. But that’s a good thing, say the study’s authors, because it marks a return to the wetland soils’ natural conditions.“It sounds counter-intuitive, but our study shows that in restored wetlands, ...


    By Duke University

  • Wetland plants involved in marsh restoration

    Differences in the way wetland plants accumulate pollutants are helping researchers understand how vegetation can be used to help restore contaminated marshes. In a study by Belgian researchers, certain plants, including bulrushes, were identified as being potentially useful for locking away metal contaminants below the surface, thereby helping to reduce spread of these pollutants through food ...

  • Soil protection

    On 13 September, MEP Cristina Gutiérrez-Cortines presented the draft directive on soil protection to members of the European Parliament's ITRE committee (Industry, technology, research and energy). Ecological NGOs present at the meeting were not reassured. 'We are disappointed with it. This directive is in danger, when it could be an essential lever for a genuine policy on soil protection on a ...


  • Conservation Partners Restore San Dieguito River Habitat

     Daily commuters may have noticed exciting activity happening near the San Dieguito River recently. Helicopters have been airlifting out wildfire-burned logs and other debris since September, capping a multi-year effort to restore the river back to health – complete with native vegetation and restored habitat for various wildlife species. Federal, state and local conservation agencies ...

  • Guidelines for restoring ecosystems: when, where and how?

    Chemical contamination impairs ecosystem function and reduces biodiversity. Restoration of contaminated ecosystems is important to re-establish the ecosystem services on which society depends. This study provides recommendations to maximise the success of restoration projects by considering when, where and how contaminated sites should be restored. In 2013, the EU produced 322 million tonnes of ...

  • New tool predicts ecosystem restoration success

    A new approach to predicting whether a degraded ecosystem can be successfully restored is presented in a recent study. The researchers who developed it show how it works with the case of peatland restoration. Their method uses a computer model to link restoration success or failure with plant species and management techniques on the sites. Ecological restoration aims to ‘repair’ ...

  • Reducing Energy’s Footprint: Restoring land after coal, oil, & gas development

    At an educational Congressional briefing on September 12, two expert panelists will discuss the process of restoring land that has been used in energy development to beneficial uses. Since 2010, the United States has been the second largest energy consumer in terms of total use, surpassed only by China. While the development of renewable energy sources is making significant progress, fossil fuels ...

  • Short-term cleanup completed at Centredale manor restoration project in N. providence

    The latest phase of cleanup at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project in North Providence, R.I. is complete. Last month, Emhart Industries, Inc., a potentially responsible party, completed an approximately $1.7 million short-term cleanup excavating contaminated soil alongside and under portions of the Brook Village parking lot. The removal of nearly 2,300 tons of contaminated soil will limit ...

  • Rediscovering sound soil management

    At the same time that demand for food is soaring along with the world’s population, the soil’s ability to sustain and enhance agricultural productivity is becoming increasingly diminished and unreliable. Fortunately, it’s not too late to restore our soil resources. What it will take, say the editors and contributors to a new book, Soil Management: Building a Stable Base for ...

  • EPA cleanup restores Gloucester, New Jersey Ballfield and puts people to work

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the successful cleanup and restoration of the once contaminated William Flynn Veterans Sports Complex in Gloucester City, New Jersey, which is part of the Welsbach/General Gas Mantle Superfund site in Camden County. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Congressmember Robert E. Andrews and Gloucester City Mayor William P. ...

  • Portable Thermal Desorber Dramatically Reduces Restoration Costs for Contaminated Sites

    Untitled Document (Vancouver, BC Canada) - On November 29th, December 1 and 5, 2005, Enviro-Klean is demonstrating their newly-redesigned, fourth generation thermal desorber, the portable KM-4, ...

  • Port of Tacoma ordered to restore wetlands destroyed by unauthorized work in Commencement Bay

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Port of Tacoma to restore wetlands destroyed by unauthorized work at two locations in the Commencement Bay area. An EPA investigation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uncovered the destroyed wetlands on property the port planned to develop. The damage occurred on the Hylebos Peninsula at the former Hylebos Marsh Wildlife Restoration ...

  • Disused quarries could provide valuable habitat if restored naturally

    Old mining sites, such as quarries or pits, could provide refuges for endangered species, according to new research from the Czech Republic. Benefits are greater if the sites are allowed to recover naturally rather than being artificially restored with the use of topsoil, ground-levelling and seed planting. All over Europe there are disused mining sites where, for example, coal, rock and clay ...

  • Conservation Program Has Restored One Fourth of CA Wetlands

    There is plenty of reason for California to celebrate National Wetlands Month now before May gives way to summer days. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), a Farm Bill Conservation program, is marking its 20th anniversary and in those two decades the program in California has managed to protect and restore over 120,000 acres of historical wetlands that are home to almost 200 species of birds. All ...

  • EPA great lakes restoration initiative grants awarded for New York (NY)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making a $20 million investment in the Great Lakes through New York State, targeting the most significant environmental problems facing the Great Lakes. These grants to 17 organizations are part of a larger group of projects throughout Great Lakes states being funded under President Barack Obama’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative. “These ...

  • ARCADIS Wins Multi-Million Dollar Federal Environmental Restoration Contract

    ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), a leading international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, today announced it has been selected by the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE) to provide restoration services at Moody Air Force Base under its $3B Worldwide Environmental Remediation Indefinite Delivery Indefinite ...


    By Arcadis

  • Nigeria Launches $1 Billion Ogoniland Clean-up and Restoration Programme

    Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, today set in motion a $1 billion clean-up and restoration programme of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta, announcing that financial and legislative frameworks had been put in place to begin implementing recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  Speaking at an event in ...

  • U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney Praises Partnership Efforts to Restore Local Waterway

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, the Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD), and other partners gathered today to mark the completion of restoration work to a 600-foot long section of Arroyo de la Laguna. The restoration efforts included planting native vegetation and returning the waterway to proper hydrologic function. The work was done to ...

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