Surface Water Monitoring News

  • EarthSoft announces State of Tennessee DEC contract

    EarthSoft today announced it has received a contract from state of Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation for its EQuIS software for Oracle. TN DEC ordered a Distribution License of EDP, the DMR module, several EQuIS Enterprise modules, EQuIS for ArcGIS, and Training. EarthSoft’s EQuIS is the most widely used environmental data management software in the world. Many government ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Using vegetated filter strips to improve water quality

    Microbial contamination of surface water resources is a critical water quality issue, leading to many documented health and environmental concerns. Vegetated filter strips have become an important component of water quality improvement by reducing sediment and nutrient transport to surface water. Although this management practice is also beneficial for controlling manure-borne pathogen transport ...

  • Test metal, concrete & other surfaces for residual oil contamination

    Surficial sampling and analysis is used to assess the existence and/or extent of oil contamination on various surfaces, rather than in soil, sediment or water. Applications include testing wipe samples for residual oils coated on aluminum, steel or other metal parts after the manufacturing process. This includes ventilation ducts, fans, AC coils and other metal working processes to see how well ...

  • EarthSoft announces new EQuis 5.4 release & strong second quarter

    EarthSoft last week released its fourth major EQuIS 5 release, EQuIS 5.4, with significant new functionality, features and modules. EQuIS 5.4 provides WQX and STORET integration for several large state government clients, a new ArcGIS Server module, and a .NET version of EQuIS for ArcGIS. Limnology and geotechnical data structure extensions are integrated into the EQuIS 5 schema from LakeWatch ...


    By EarthSoft, Inc

  • Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc. Develops Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) underwater sensor

    Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc. (PME), an internationally known oceanographic and limnologic instrument design corporation has revised the Li-Cor LI-192SA Underwater Quantum Sensor to be used with the T-Chain, a water column monitoring device manufactured by PME. The PAR Sensor addition monitors underwater Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD) and can be used in fresh or saltwater ...

  • $90 million in recovery act funds to bolster water services in Indian country and create jobs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced $90 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improved access to vital drinking water and wastewater services in the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funds will be invested in ‘shovel ready’ ...

  • EPA exempts silver ions in food contact surface sanitizers from tolerance requirement

    EPA issued a final rule exempting silver ions stabilized in citric acid and used to sanitize food contact surfaces at silver concentrations not exceeding 50 ppm from the necessity of a tolerance. 74 Fed. Reg. 27447. The petition that resulted in issuance of this rule was filed by ETO H2O, Inc. and materials pertaining to the petition and final rule are available in Docket No. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Aquatic Informatics and Greenspan awarded Water Survey of Canada Hydrometric Workstation System contract

    Aquatic Informatics and Greenspan have been awarded a contract to supply Water Survey of Canada, the federal water monitoring branch of Environment Canada, with a nation-wide Hydrometric Workstation System. Water Survey of Canada’s National Hydrometric Program provides for the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of surface water quantity data and information - information that is vital ...


    By Aquatic Informatics Inc

  • AUS$1.3m to improve groundwater management in regional Australia

    Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, has announced $1.3 million to better manage groundwater supplies from aquifers. Senator Wong made the announcement during a trip to Bourke on the last day of a three-day tour of the northern Murray-Darling Basin. 'Groundwater accounts for more than 30 per cent of our total water consumption - yet it is a finite resource which is only ...


    By Australian Government

  • PME Designs dissolved oxygen sensor for water quality use

    Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc (PME), an internationally known oceanographic and limnologic instrument design corporation has manufactured a dissolved oxygen sensor compatible with the Temperature Chain (T-Chain). The DO sensor measures lifetime-based luminescence quenching of fluorescence of a thin membrane. Unlike temperature, which is molded into the chain, the new DO sensors are ...

  • OpenMI for climate modelling

    In a novel approach to represent the coupling between the land surface and atmosphere, DHI and DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute) are exploiting OpenMI technology to link hydrological and climate models. Modelling the effects of climate change on the hydrological cycle requires a proper understanding of the water and energy exchange between the atmosphere and the land surface. This exchange is ...


  • 3-D laser scanning: A new soil quality measurement

    Soil researchers pay close attention to bulk density, as it is one of the most common soil measurements and it is often used as a measure of soil quality. A soil’s bulk density can be indicative of the ease of root penetration, water movement, and soil strength. Measuring this value with traditional methods has been difficult in the past, but researchers have developed a new method using laser ...

  • Scientists say lakes to feel climate change impact

    German and Japanese scientists have discovered that lakes located in the planet's warmer and colder regions will fall victim to climate change. Their data showed that the deep water layers of lakes in the south of Japan recorded higher temperatures, whereas temperatures of those in the north of the country were unchanged. Their findings were published in the Geophysical Research Letters. The ...

  • India water quality assessment authority now constituted by law

    Water Quality Assessment Authority (WQAA) has been constituted with the mandate for protection of surface and groundwater quality under Environment Protection Act 1986. It is conferred with the powers for issuing directions and taking measures. Its main functions are: to standardise methods for water quality monitoring and to ensure quality and data generation; to take measures to ensure proper ...

  • Unique surfacing adds sound and feel to the Pentagon Memorial

    On September 11, 2008, seven years after the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, The Pentagon Memorial was dedicated to the people who lost their lives. The Memorial is structured chronologically based on the ages of the victims, with the 184 individual Memorials placed along Age Lines parallel to the trajectory of American Airlines Flight 77. While the Memorial Units themselves are the central ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • AUS$6m to help manage Murray-Darling basin water resources

    The Rudd Government is providing AUS$6 million to the eWater Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for a new hydrologicalmodelling toolto help manage the surface water and groundwater of the Murray-Darling Basin. The project will accelerate development of and trial a new computer model, known as RiverManager, to help make water allocation and use over coming decades more sustainable.Minister for ...


    By Australian Government

  • New ways of measuring our water environment

    General Quality Assessment figures from the Environment Agency released this week show that 76 per cent of all UK rivers in the UK achieved ‘good’ or better status for chemical water quality in 2007. From 2008, the new European Water Framework Directive replaces General Quality Assessment,  which means that the way of measuring the quality of our water bodies has changed. As well as rivers, ...

  • In Zaragoza, UN spotlights use of nuclear technology to protect water resources

    The United Nations agency tasked with promoting safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies will be showcasing its efforts to protect the world’s water resources at a major exhibition currently being held in the Spanish city of Zaragoza. The International Expo on Water and Sustainable Development, which runs from 14 June to 14 September, is expected to draw 6.5 million visitors from around the ...


    By United Nations

  • Testing confirms high quality English brook polluted with diesel

    On 10 July 2008, Baggeridge Brick Plc of Hartlebury were found guilty at Kidderminster Magistrates Court to a charge of polluting the Hartlebury Brook. The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Water Resources Act. Baggeridge Brick Plc were fined £12,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,800. For the Environment Agency, Jill Robson told the court that Hartlebury Brook is a high ...

  • New approaches to measuring metal concentrations in water in Europe

    EU Member States are required to monitor concentrations of metals in surface water in order to comply with regulations laid out under the Water Framework Directive. Current sampling methods may produce uncertain estimates of pollutant levels. A new study provides evidence that combining different sampling techniques can produce more reliable estimates. In 2006, the European Commission issued a ...

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