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  • Drinking water wells vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States ...


  • Doing well in tough times

    The first item on the agenda for delegates to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Ministerial Environment Forum last week was Global Crises: National Chaos, a reflection of the fact their meeting was taking place at a time of unprecedented international conditions, where nothing less than the future of the earth is at stake. The working paper for this discussion outlined a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Development of tools for the promotion of the sustainable urban wastewater treatment and reuse

    Decision-making in environmental projects can be complex due mainly to the existence of trade-offs between socio-political, environmental and economic factors. This is why the 'Medaware' project, which is an EU Meda Water Project, has focused its aims on the development of a software tool capable of applying a scoring system for existing wastewater facilities based on the potential safe reuse of ...


  • New tool developed to highlight and help prevent declines in freshwater biodiversity

    Biodiversity is declining in freshwater ecosystems across the globe, a new study has shown. The researchers created a mathematical model, called GLOBIOaquatic, which builds a picture of the threats to the biodiversity of rivers, lakes and wetlands that are posed by a variety of human activities. The most crucial of these are land-use changes, nutrient and chemical pollution, and disturbances to ...

  • Simple Tool Helps Companies Address Water Risks

    A global online tool launched today by WWF and German development finance institution DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) enables companies and investors to address their water-related risks. WWF and DEG have created a practical online questionnaire that not only identifies water risk in supply chains and investment portfolios, but also provides practical steps to ...


    By WWF UK

  • Industry Specific Water Tools to Launch During World Water Week in Stockholm

    The Global Water Tool, developed in 2007 by CH2M HILL for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, now has new, customized versions created for oil and gas companies and power utilities. The tools were launched during World Water Week in Stockholm on Tues., Aug. 23. IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, in collaboration with WBCSD ...

  • Developing solutions for sustainable water management

    This policy brief, published by the International Project Office of the Global Water System Project and produced to inform the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), outlines how scientists and policymakers can advance water security by focusing on interdisciplinary research, and ensuring that all stakeholders ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Financing Armenia’s water sector development

    Armenia is an economy in transition that faces considerable challenges characteristic of countries that have shifted from a centrally-planned to a free-market economy. In recent years, economic growth has been considerable; however the country has a legacy of poor infrastructure in the form of dilapidated and deteriorated water and sanitation facilities, outmoded design and inability to ...


  • Featured Product: Evaluating the Source of Water to Wells Using Metamodeling

    Numerical groundwater modeling is a strength of the USGS, from software development (likeMODFLOW) to applications, such as the regional groundwater availability studies highlighted in the December 2015 News and Highlights. Numerical models ...

  • NGWA to launch, expand household water well owner training and technical assistance

    The National Ground Water Association is part of a team selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide training and technical assistance to private household water well owners nationwide. NGWA will create new water well owner training and technical assistance programs, as well as build upon programs initiated under a one-year grant completed last August. NGWA will receive about ...

  • Studies reveal why drinking water wells are vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States receive ...

  • Regulatory Developments

    On August 28, 2013, California's Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC or Department) Safer Consumer Products Regulations (Regulations). The Regulations will take effect on October 1, 2013. The Regulations are the much anticipated regulatory implementation of California's Green Chemistry Initiative. DTSC's implementing regulations ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • GEMI Releases New Solution Tools,

     Today, the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) released two new solution tools, GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas. "GEMI is very pleased to announce the release of its new tools, GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas," said GEMI's Chair, Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, ...

  • Are Toxic Chemicals in Your Gardening Tools?

    Testing shows that many common gardening tools—including hoses, gloves, kneeling pads, shovels, and trowels—are contaminated with harmful chemicals, claims the nonprofit environmental group Ecology Center. CNN reports that the organization analyzed 200 popular gardening products and found that two-thirds of them contained significant levels of phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), and lead. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Wyden: FracFocus a `constructive` tool on drilling

    A website partially funded by the oil and gas industry could be a "constructive" tool for federal regulators as they consider requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, Senate Energy Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said Thursday. Wyden, D-Ore., stopped short of endorsing the website, FracFocus.org, but said it could be helpful as lawmakers and federal agencies ...


    By Associated Press

  • Water Environment Federation Releases New TMDL Tool Kit

    Alexandria, Va. - On March 29th, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) released a new tool kit for third-party TMDLs. Developed under a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA, the Tool Kit is the final document in a series of outreach products developed by WEF’s Third-Party TMDL Development Task Force to educate stakeholders and encourage greater third-party participation in TMDL development. ...

  • Existing and newly developed tools to assess groundwater shared at NGWA Hydrogeophysics and Deep Groundwater Conference

    The NGWA Hydrogeophysics and Deep Groundwater Conference was co-located with the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) March 20-21 in Denver, Colorado, where presentations shared the enhancements to existing tools and methods used to locate and assess groundwater resources as well as newly developed techniques. Several presentations focused ...

  • New mapping tool provides unprecedented ability to assess water risk

    Aqueduct provides companies with comprehensive, high-resolution picture of water risks worldwide. The World Resources Institute (WRI) today launched a new online tool that maps water risk worldwide based on the most current, highest resolution data available. Companies, investors, and governments can use the ...

  • Wells Fargo Named to Carbon Leadership Indexes

    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for its actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the risks of climate change. The CDP Carbon Leadership Indexes, which is compiled by PwC on behalf of CDP, provides an evaluation tool for institutional investors. Wells Fargo is ...


    By Carbon Disclosure Project

  • New monitoring tools for petrol additive MTBE in groundwater

    Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a petrol additive which can contaminate groundwater supplies. MTBE often breaks down naturally in the environment, but regulators need to be certain that this is taking place. New research highlights a number of tools in development that may offer better data on spilled MTBE in the environment, and improve the ability to monitor its degradation. MTBE is added ...

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