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Payments for watershed services: pilot projects for watershed protection

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Feb. 29, 2012)

Forested watersheds of the southern United States provide numerous services to the region. At no cost, they purify water, control flooding and erosion, and provide places for people to relax and have fun. Yet despite their value, many watersheds are under threat from development and poor land management. “Payments for Watershed ...

Watershed forum call for papers

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Jan. 17, 2011)

The Saint-Francois Watershed Steering Committee (COGESAF) with their two major partners, University of Sherbrooke and the City of Sherbrooke, are inviting stormwater management professionals from Quebec, Canada, and all around the world to submit for the call for speakers and posters. This call for papers is available on the Forum web site until ...

New Guidance on Watershed Permitting

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Aug. 24, 2007)

EPA has published a new technical guidance that will help integrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits into watershed management plans. 'Watershed-Based NPDES Permitting Technical Guidance' is a follow up to the 2003 implementation guidance and leads permitting interested parties through the analysis of watershed data ...

Texas watershed cancer link

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Mar. 23, 2010)

A study in the Journal of Water and Health examines a possible link between an increased risk of childhood cancer and the geographic location of the mother at birth. This increased risk was estimated for each watershed in Texas. Although rare in terms of absolute numbers, cancer is the most common fatal disease among US children. The foetus has ...

EPA Pours $3.2 Million into Watersheds

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (May 21, 2007)

Washington, D.C. -  Six finalists are eligible to apply for $3.2 million from EPA's Targeted Watersheds Grants to provide support to watershed organizations throughout the nation. These capacity-building grants will range from $300,000 to $800,000 each. They are awarded to organizations that promote the growth and development of local ...

Mountaintop mining guidelines to protect watersheds

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Apr. 12, 2010)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a set of actions to clarify and strengthen environmental requirements for Appalachian mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining projects. The aim is to prevent significant and irreversible damage to Appalachian watersheds at risk from mining activity. Mountaintop removal is a form ...

Watershed Research Calls for research proposals

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 15, 2011)

The Canadian Water Network is requesting research proposals, to be funded for a maximum of three years (2012-15), to develop a watershed-scale research platform that will support the Tobacco Creek Model Watershed research consortium node in establishing a regional monitoring framework to support cumulative effects assessments, including cumulative ...

Online learning supplements watershed program

by Soil Science Society of America  (Jul. 12, 2010)

Are online learning modules beneficial to educational programs? The Arizona Master Watershed Steward program used online learning modules to help increase participant understanding of key watershed concepts. Even though the modules were not required, researchers found that participants both visited the sites on their own time and demonstrated an ...

IBM launchs program for sustaining watersheds

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 9, 2010)

The Nature Conservancy and IBM today announced plans to launch a free Web site this fall called Rivers for Tomorrow, where watershed managers can map, analyze and share detailed information about the health of local freshwater river basins to inform clean up programs The online application will provide easy access to data and computer models to ...

Seeps important in watershed nitrogen retention

by Soil Science Society of America  (Feb. 1, 2010)

Globally, the mobilization of nitrogen has increased significantly due to human activities, such as industrial and agricultural development. As a result, over the past decades, eutrophication in coastal ecosystems has increased. Watershed nitrogen retention is an important mechanism to decrease nitrogen loading to downstream water bodies. ...

Mountaintop mining guidelines to protect watersheds

by WaterLink International - Geomares Publishing bv  (Apr. 12, 2010)

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a set of actions to clarify and strengthen environmental requirements for Appalachian mountaintop removal and other surface coal mining projects. The aim is to prevent significant and irreversible damage to Appalachian watersheds at risk from mining activity. Mountaintop removal is a ...

NRCS Invests $2.5 Million to Protect Watersheds of Concern

by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - USDA  (May 8, 2012)

 In conjunction with a national water quality initiative, The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will invest $2.5 million in targeted funds to improve water quality in five high priority watersheds in California. "NRCS California is proud to participate in this national campaign to add on-farm water quality ...

The Nature Conservancy and IBM Launch Program for Sustaining Watersheds

by The Nature Conservancy  (Sep. 7, 2010)

To establish Web site for watershed managers and planners to analyze river basins, and make more informed decisions ARMONK, N.Y. and ARLINGTON, Va. - The Nature Conservancy and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to launch a free Web site this fall called Rivers for Tomorrow, where watershed managers can map, analyze and share detailed ...

New EPA Tool to Accelerate Watershed Planning

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Apr. 18, 2007)

(Washington, D.C.) The Environmental Protection Agency has released the Watershed Plan Builder, an interactive, Web-based tool to improve efforts by states and local communities in protecting and restoring local water resources. The tool will help local watershed organizations develop integrated watershed plans to meet state and EPA requirements ...

Chesapeake Bay Development Overwhelms Watershed Restoration Efforts

by Environment News Service (ENS)  (Sep. 12, 2007)

WASHINGTON, DC, September 12, 2007 (ENS) - New development around the Chesapeake Bay is increasing the runoff of excess nutrients and sediment at rates faster than restoration efforts are reducing them, a new report by the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General has found. Developed lands contribute less than one-third of the loads of these ...

Track soil particles moving through watershed

by Soil Science Society of America  (Dec. 1, 2009)

Soil erosion of croplands, rangelands, and urban areas is one of the most common problems that negatively affects the environment. Soil particles carried by rainwater along slopes may transport a variety of harmful agricultural and industrial chemicals, cause the soil to lose fertility, and inundate streams. Quantifying the movement of soil ...

Eco-Compensation in China: opportunities for payments for watershed services

by World Resources Institute WRI  (May 16, 2012)

Water supply and availability could be the most pressing problem restricting China’s economic growth in the next 10-15 years, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank. Not only are water resources limited (only about 30 percent of total water resources are available for ...

Federal land management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

by Soil Science Society of America  (May 26, 2010)

EPA has issued final guidance which is intended to allow the federal government to lead the way in protecting the Bay and its watershed with the most effective tools and practices available. Covered areas include: agricultural lands, urban and suburban areas, forestry, riparian areas, septic systems, and hydromodification. An Executive Order ...

The Nature Conservancy and IBM launch program for sustaining watersheds

by CSRwire - Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire  (Sep. 7, 2010)

The Nature Conservancy and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to launch a free website this fall called Rivers for Tomorrow, where watershed managers can map, analyze and share detailed information about the health of local freshwater river basins to inform clean up programs. The online application will provide easy access to data and computer ...

Nissan Donates $50,000 to Harpeth River Watershed Association

Today Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) announced a $50,000 grant renewal to the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) to support its outreach, policy and restoration programs. Nissan's funding will support HRWA's efforts to continue river recovery from ...

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