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  • Chesapeake Bay Development Overwhelms Watershed Restoration Efforts

    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 contaminants entering the Bay but the report ...

  • EPA Settlement with Jefferson County, Mo., Property Owner Results in Watershed Restoration

    EPA Region 7 has reached a settlement with a Jefferson County, Mo., property owner to resolve Clean Water Act violations involving unpermitted discharges of pollutants into an unnamed tributary of Belews Creek. As part of the settlement, Greg Schellert has agreed to pay a penalty of $30,000 and fully restore the impacted portion of the tributary. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) inspection ...

  • EPA Applauds Creation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

    EPA today joined state and local dignitaries formally launching the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England (coastal areas from Westerly, R.I. to Chatham, Mass., including all waters of Rhode Island, southern Cape Cod, ...

  • Cadmus Continues Support for Protecting and Restoring U.S. Watersheds and Water Bodies

    The Cadmus Group, Inc., recently won its third consecutive five-year contract to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW). Cadmus provides support to OWOW in advancing the protection and restoration of the nation’s watersheds and water bodies. Under this contract, Cadmus will work with OWOW to monitor water quality, manage ...


    By The Cadmus Group, Inc.

  • Payments for watershed services: pilot projects for watershed protection

    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 Services” (PWS) programs are one strategy to keep ...

  • U.S. EPA Announces $5 Million in S.F. Bay Watershed Restoration Grants Available

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is now accepting proposals for nearly $5 million dollars in grants intended to protect and restore San Francisco Bay watersheds, wetlands and prevent polluted runoff. Projects funded under this award will receive between $800,000 and $2 million, and will focus on water quality results, such as the restoration of impaired waters and the enhancement of ...

  • EPA and Federal Partners Announce $5 Million for Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration

    EPA today joined state and local dignitaries to announce $5 million in federal funding to continue efforts of the Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration. The program brings together innovation and partnerships to apply an ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England from Westerly, R.I. to Chatham, Mass., including ...

  • EPA evaluates states’ final phase ii watershed implementation plans for restoring the chesapeake bay

    Today, EPA released its evaluations of the final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Completion of the plans marks a significant stage in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, and represents the local level planning needed to continue accelerating implementation of the necessary practices to ...

  • Coca-Cola Provides $196,000 Grant to United States Forest Service to Restore Critical Watershed

    Standing by its mission to “Return What We Use,” Coca-Cola today joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in granting nearly $377,000 to the U.S. Forest Service. The funding will be used to restore water to Indian Valley, a 500-acre meadow that sits atop the Sierra Divide and is in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River watershed. The Mokelumne River ...


  • Coca-Cola Funding and Volunteer Event Propel Critical Watershed Restoration to Near Completion

    Standing side by side with conservation groups and forestry officials, Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) associates are getting their hands dirty to turn The Company’s $200,000 grant into a water-replenished, 500-acre meadow that sits atop the Sierra Divide and is in the headwaters of the Mokelumne River watershed. ...


  • New grant to spur restoration efforts in New York’s Saw Mill river watershed

    Watersheds are vital to the prosperity of every community because they provide a pathway for the natural filtration and cleansing of water. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helps protect and restore our nation’s watersheds through annual grants to organizations working to improve their local watersheds. This year, EPA has awarded one of these grants, for $889,183, to Groundwork ...

  • Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts take another step forward with Watershed Implementation Plans

    The jurisdictions that make up the Chesapeake Bay watershed have reaffirmed their commitment toward restoring the health of this national resource with the submission of final Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). The Phase II WIPs are a landmark step forward in the collaboration between the Bay jurisdictions and their local governments and conservation districts to protect and restore ...

  • EPA Pours $3.2 Million into Watersheds

    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 watershed partnerships through training and technical ...

  • Study of agricultural watersheds and carbon losses

    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) losses from tile drains are an underquantified portion of the terrestrial carbon cycle. This is particularly important in the eastern corn belt where tile drainage dominates the agricultural landscape. Specific land management practices, such as manure application, can play a large role in the export of DOC as soluble organic carbon is applied to or injected into ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Seeps important in watershed nitrogen retention

    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. Generally, in the northeastern U.S., the amount of ...

  • Online learning supplements watershed program

    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 increase in content knowledge. Researchers at the ...

  • Chesapeake Bay restoration accountability tool

    The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has launched ChesapeakeStat, a management and accountability tool. Esri and CBP developed the geographic information system (GIS)-enabled Web site that provides the public, decision makers, and restoration stakeholders with up-to-date information about the progress of government-funded restoration and conservation projects for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Built ...


  • Puget Sound Coastal Wetlands to Be Restored

    OLYMPIA, Washington (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology will use $1.47 million in federal grants to help local partners return nearly 500 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Jefferson and Whatcom counties back to their natural conditions. About 70 percent of the land near the mouths of rivers throughout the Puget Sound region has been converted to residential, ...

  • Rhode Island river restoration projects

    'The Rhode Island River Ecosystem Restoration project creates good local jobs removing dams and building the ladders that will restore important fish habitat and rebuild their populations,' said Lubchenco. 'This project is to bring back blueback herring, alewives, and American shad, which have been so important, both economically and ecologically, to coastal communities in the Northeast since ...


  • Watershed protection goal of USDA, Coca-Cola pact

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola on Friday will sign a five-year agreement to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands. Such efforts are increasingly important to corporations and farmers who ...


    By Associated Press

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