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  • EPA proposes plan to clean up Lower Duwamish Waterway from decades of industrial pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed plan to clean up the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site, the city’s chief industrial waterway located on the south end of Elliott Bay. The release of the sediment cleanup plan marks the beginning of a public comment period. “The Duwamish is Seattle’s river. This plan is the product of our close coordination among ...

  • EPA proposes plan for cleaning up Gowanus Canal; Multi-million dollar cleanup to revitalize polluted Brooklyn Waterway

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposed cleanup plan for the Gowanus Canal that includes removing some of the contaminated sediment and capping dredged areas. The proposed plan also includes controls to prevent raw sewage overflows and other land-based sources of contamination from compromising the cleanup. The cost of the cleanup plan is expected to be between $467 ...

  • U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman Announces Success of New Filtration Technology Cleaning Up Our Nation`s Waterways

    The success of Long Island Sound's newest environmental hero, the Smart Sponge, announced by Senator Lieberman, the Long Island Soundkeeper and founder of AbTech Industries Glenn Rink. Initial field test show the Smart Sponge technology destroyed 75-99.9% of bacteria from stormwater including E.coli and fecal coliform. (PRWEB) June 13, 2006 -- U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) recently joined ...


    By AbTech Industries Inc

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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: ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Urban river renewal guidelines to help clean Cape Town’s waterways

    The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) launched new guidelines for urban river renewal at the annual Peninsula Paddle community event on Sunday 8 June 2014 in Cape Town. Aurecon was appointed to determine procedures for enforced rehabilitation activities on urban river reaches in Cape Town. The project was led by Aurecon Associate Water Scientist Sam Braid who used it a basis for her ...

  • Biodiversity may clean up water

    Conserving biodiversity could help shield waterways against nitrogen pollution, says a study that showed how streams with more species are better at removing excess nutrients from water. The findings imply that developing countries that keep rivers and lakes species-rich could save money on ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global Cleanup Day Targets Trash Headed to Ocean, Waterways

    Today, Ocean Conservancy and hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world are hitting their local beaches, lakes, rivers, and waterways for the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup – the largest volunteer effort of its kind. Over the past 25 years, more than eight and a half million volunteers have removed 145 million pounds of trash in over 150 countries. Participants will ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • EPA releases final Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund cleanup plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site, a major industrial waterway that includes the mouth of the Duwamish River on the south end of Elliott Bay. As part of the cleanup plan, the Washington State Department of Ecology will continue leading source control efforts that reduce incoming pollution to the river and ...

  • Federal appeals court finds Los Angeles County liable for polluted waterways

    An opinion issued today by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with arguments in favor of a lawsuit that forces Los Angeles County and the County Flood Control District to take action to clean up two polluted waterways in Los Angeles. The lawsuit initiated by Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper ...

  • CH2M HILL Develops Master Plan Aimed at Revitalizing and Sustaining Singapore Waterways

    DENVER — CH2M HILL, a global, full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, and its partner Atelier Dreiseitl, an innovative and cutting-edge design office focused on water, landscape and sustainability, are working with PUB, Singapore's national water agency. Together they will be working to transform Singapore's waters into an integral, vibrant and sustainable feature of the ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Microbes could be key in PCB clean-up

    Tiny bacterium could replace huge dredging machines and an empty landfill as the primary tool in cleaning up sites contaminated with toxic PCBs thanks to American research. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a family of carcinogenic chemicals which were developed in the late 1920s, primarily for use in heavy-duty electrical equipment and as a lubricant in gas pipelines. They are particularly ...

  • Quality of urban waterways found to affect bat populations and biodiversity

    Urban waterways can provide foraging opportunities for a range of bat species. However researchers have found that bats in the UK are negatively affected by high levels of invasive plant species and urban development near waterways. The researchers highlight the value these often disregarded urban spaces can have for ecosystems, and suggest ways to improve the biodiversity of waterways. ...

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