waterway News

  • Causes of ecological degradation in waterways

    Human activities can have a multitude of different effects on rivers and streams, and it is difficult to identify those that have the biggest impact on aquatic populations. A newly developed method for assessing ecological degradation in waterways helps deal with this problem and could provide crucial information for water managers charged with tackling the root causes of degradation. In the EU, ...

  • New era for waterways

    Plans to create one of Britain’s biggest charities to secure the future of more than 4,000 kilometres of canals and rivers in England and Wales have been set out today. The Government announced last year that the publicly-owned inland waterways, currently managed by British Waterways and the Environment Agency, should in future be managed by a new charity. This would secure the ...

  • NZ Urban waterways web portal

    An article published in Water Science & Technology describes the development of a web portal to improve community awareness of water quality in urban waterways in New Zealand. The web portal data acquisition system is unique in the use of wireless mesh network technology, direct integration with online modelling and a clear target of public engagement. An information pamphlet was ...

  • Modernising & upgrading the UK waterways network

    As a nation we have become dependent on the national road network, but with increasing congestion, exorbitant fuel prices and the ongoing effort to reduce carbon emissions, there has been significant emphasis on finding ways to reduce traffic volumes. One of the major areas of focus has been the transfer of freight from the road network onto greener methods of transport. The obvious ...


    By Diagonal Lock

  • Bioremediation to keep atrazine from waterways

    “When we added the enzyme to a holding dam filled with run-off contaminated with atrazine, more than 90 per cent of it was removed in less than four hours,” says CSIRO Entomology’s Dr Colin Scott. “Atrazine is a widely used and extremely useful herbicide but, depending on its use, can lead to residues that persist in water for sometime after application. Undesirable residues in water have led to ...

  • Sewage Pollution Still Widespread in Waterways across the U.S.

    According to the Huffington Post, the infamous Gowanus canal in Brooklyn, N.Y. receives countless gallons of sewage—often untreated—and unsanitary debris that overflow the city’s multi-use pipes after a rainstorm. Even after the rain stops, the noxious water remains in the sulfuric-smelling canal. Although this waterway is an extreme example, it is one of many that are polluted ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Estuary monitoring agreement benefits Florida Keys waterways

    The South Florida Water Management District entered into a five-year cooperative agreement with Miami-Dade County to continue support for long-term environmental monitoring in northeastern Florida Bay, Manatee Bay and Barnes Sound. The monitoring effort documents how changes in estuary water quality impact seagrass growth off the south Florida coast. 'Our water bodies at the southern end of ...

  • Rio`s Olympic waterways full of trash, sewage

    Rio de Janeiro's endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer's dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage. In the neon green waters around the site of the future Olympic Park, the average fecal pollution rate is 78 times that of the Brazilian government's "satisfactory" limit - ...


    By Associated Press

  • Southern Company, partners honor waterway conservation efforts

     Honoring natural resource conservation projects focused on protecting wetlands and streams in the Southeast is an annual tradition for Southern Company and other key supporters of the Five Star Restoration program. (Logo:  ...


    By Southern Company

  • Lower Duwamish Waterway Site Cleanup Agreement Signed

    (Seattle, WA – September 29, 2006) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement with the City of Seattle and King County under which these two parties will clean up the approximately 3.6-acre Slip 4 Early Action Area on the Lower Duwamish Waterway. The slip, located on the east side of the waterway about 2.8 miles south of Harbor Island, is contaminated with polychlorinated ...

  • EPA to approve California’s newest list of impaired waterways

    More than 40,000 miles of California’s rivers and streams are currently threatened by pollution, according to a list of impaired waterways submitted by the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Monitoring of rivers, lakes and coastal waters in California continue to show harmful pollutant levels, based on updates to the list from three of the state’s nine regional Water ...

  • “How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. The How’s My Waterway app and website, ...

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants. If exposed at high levels, the pollutants can cause neurological damage in children, lead to cancer and damage the circulatory system, kidneys and livers. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said ...


    By Associated Press

  • Inland waterways and nature protection: New guidelines

    The Commission is issuing new guidelines on inland navigation and nature protection to assist this important sector in applying EU environmental legislation. The guidelines – "Inland waterway transport and Natura 2000 – sustainable inland waterway development and management in the context of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives" – explain how best to ensure that activities ...

  • London`s Olympic waterways to be opened up

    An east London waterway is being dredged so construction materials can be transported to the Olympic site by barge. A 60 tonne boat has started dredging almost one and half miles of water from from Bow Locks on Bow Creek to the Waterworks River next to the to the site of the planned Olympic pool. Around 30,000 tonnes of silt, gravel and rubble as well as tyres, shopping trolleys, timber and at ...

  • Urban waterways provide important home for wildlife

    Urbanisation plays an important role in changes to biodiversity, so it is important that towns and cities are well managed to protect wildlife. New Dutch research concludes that urban drainage systems, such as ditches and canals, can help maintain the same level of biodiversity as rural waterways. Recommendations are offered to ensure their full potential is met. Urbanisation is increasing, but ...

  • Landfill operator gets fined by the EA for polluting waterway

    A Wiltshire-based waste management company Hills Waste Solutions has been found guilty of polluting a local river, potentially endangering fish and invertebrates. Hills Waste Solutions, which operates the Chapel Farm landfill site, at Blunsdon, Swindon, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £16,300 costs at Swindon Magistrates court, in a case brought by the Environment Agency. The court heard ...

  • New Data Shows What Trash is in Ocean and Waterways

    With the recent news of possible Japan tsunami debris spotted off the Canadian coast, Ocean Conservancy is releasing new data on the larger issue of marine debris.  New numbers detail ocean trash found along coasts and waterways worldwide during the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup—the largest ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • Seattle waterways & your health: Duwamish river cleanup

    What: The director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences joins local researchers, government officials, and industry experts at a Public Forum on the health impacts and pollution in the Duwamish, Seattle's working river. Six short, lively 'lightning' presentations will be followed by an open microphone time for questions and discussion. When: ...

  • KARE 11 Television Tackles the Threats Facing Our Minnesota Waterways

    KARE 11 (NBC) Television takes an in-depth look at the threats that endanger our Minnesota waterways in "Project H2O" on Thursday, November 1st. During this special 10 p.m. newscast, KARE 11 Chief Meteorologist Belinda Jensen and several reporters tackle many of the issues affecting the waters cherished by so many Minnesotans. Topics include endangered species, pollutants, and the devastating ...


    By Marketwire

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