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  • EPA complies with court decision and directs Florida to restore water quality in the everglades

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directed the state of Florida to take specific measures to restore water quality to levels that protect the Everglades. This action, known as an “Amended Determination,” complies with a decision by Judge Alan Gold of the U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida following lawsuits by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and the ...

  • Questions and Answers on the new European air quality directive

     Questions and Answers on the new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe 1) What is the issue? Air pollution is caused by the emission to the atmosphere of certain substances which, alone or through chemical reaction, can damage human health and/or the environment. Air pollution is both a local and a transboundary problem as emissions from one country can travel large ...

  • 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 ...


  • Harbour water quality improvements

    Cleaning up our stormwater is now the focus of efforts to further improve the water quality in the harbour and around Wellington's coast. We are already seeing the benefits of investing hundreds of millions of dollars in our sewerage and stormwater systems. Contamination levels in the harbour and around the South Coast have been dramatically reduced over the past 15 years. For example, in the ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Putting a price on water quality

    One way to clean-up water pollution is to award 'credits' to facilities that reduce their emissions. These credits can then be traded with other facilities to compensate for pollution outputs. This controls overall pollutions levels, while creating an economic incentive to reduce emissions. Research using models that simulate water quality has been used to establish the value of these credits and ...

  • BRIDGE provides thresholds for EU Water Framework Directive

    The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) defines chemical status objectives for groundwater and related monitoring obligations but does not yet provide criteria to assess chemical status compliance. Now researchers from EU project BRIDGE (Background Criteria for the Identification of Groundwater Thresholds) have investigated 14 representative bodies of groundwater and developed thresholds that can ...

  • EPA directs over US$297m of Recovery Act funding to Northwest states to protect water quality, create jobs

    Three Northwest States, Alaska, and Tribal governments will receive more than $297 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for clean water projects to create jobs and protect communities and the environment. The federal funding is the first installment of EPA funding available to support states and tribes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which ...

  • Better integration of temporary rivers into the Water Framework Directive

    Improvements to EU water policy have been proposed in a recent study, to help ensure that temporary rivers and streams in the Mediterranean are adequately protected in line with the goals of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The researchers suggest new classifications for river types, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between natural and human-derived causes of intermittent water ...

  • Water environment federation announces new strategic direction

    Following the most comprehensive planning effort undertaken in its 84-year history, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces a new strategic direction that emphasizes innovation and increasing awareness of the value of water as well as a continued commitment to supporting the expertise of the water profession. Highlighting a mission 'to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, ...

  • Bathing water quality improving in the EU

    The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2008. During that bathing season some 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 92 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards. The report provides useful water quality ...

  • Water well maintenance important to water quality

    A poorly maintained water well system can lead to poor water quality, so household water well owners should inform themselves of good water well maintenance practices, the National Ground Water Association said today. “Neglecting a water well system’s maintenance can have a direct impact on one’s health, so it’s important to stay on top of a water well system’s ...

  • More Talks on the Water Framework Directive – Rainwater Tanks Helping Farmers

    Farming Life details how the UFU environment chairman and senior policy officer recently attended a meeting of the European Commission Water Framework Directive Common Implementation Working Group on Agriculture. Although somewhat of a mouthful, the meeting took place at Greenmount College and represented the UFU and COPA groups. Attended by representatives from all EU member states, the group ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • UK government publishes standards guidance for Water Framework Directive

    Defra and the Welsh Assembly government have published a second volume of guidance on river basin management planning, outlining the role of environmental quality standards in implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The guidance explains the range of new standards that have been developed by the UK environment agencies, and considers the way in which the Directive’s costs and benefits ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EU Fuel Quality Directive an Exercise in Climate Change Global Warming Hypocrisy says Friends of Science

    “Despite a tradition of common heritage and trade, the European Union is making misinformed judgements about Canada’s oil sands production. The EU is not applying common standards. This is climate change hypocrisy,” says Len Maier, a retired engineer, ...


    By PRWeb

  • Bathing water quality event set for Plymouth

    The quality of the bathing water at Plymouth will be discussed at a community engagement event which will be part of the Blue Mile weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Environment Agency will be at the event in the Barbican on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September with other partner organisations including Plymouth City Council, South West Water, Marine Biology Association, Marine Conservation ...

  • EU bathing water quality remains high

    Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date ...

  • Bathing water quality in the EU remains high

    The annual bathing water report presented this week by the European Commission reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2007. Some 95% of coastal bathing areas and 89% of bathing sites in rivers and lakes comply with the mandatory standards. The report provides useful water quality information for the millions of people who visit ...

  • Good quality of water in the Gulfs of Puck and Gdansk

    Untitled Document   An interview with Mrs. Halina Czarnecka - Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection ...


  • Improving water quality in Europe`s rivers

    The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges policy implementation managers to respond to poor ecological, chemical and quantitative status of the water system caused by negative pressures from different drivers. This issue discusses recent experiences with regard to different stages of river basin management strategy, to help us understand how we can safeguard water, an indispensible ...

  • Irish EPA issues report on drinking water quality

    On January 24th the EPA released Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland: A Report for the Years 2006 – 2007. The report was based on the results of over 220,000 individual analyses of drinking water samples. This was the first report since the EPA was given new powers under the EC Drinking Water Regulations. These provide a greater level of consumer protection by requiring public ...

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