EPA Water Headlines

EPA Kicks Off Third-Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge
EPA is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for their campuses, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment. Registration for the 2014 Challenge opens Sept. 2 and ends Oct. 3. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 19. EPA will announce winning entries in April 2015. More information:www.epa.gov/campusrainworks.
EPA re-launches webpage for Climate Ready Estuaries
EPA has re-launched its web page for Climate Ready Estuaries webpage. Update your bookmarks to the new address: http://www2.epa.gov/cre
What’s new:

  • Resources are easier to find: we made it easier to find the documents and information you need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, search for it. All CRE webpages and resources are now searchable on EPA.gov
  • New features: check out interactive maps of CRE projects, king tides and more.
  • Works on your desktop, tablet or smartphone: access CRE webpages and resources wherever you are.​
Webinar: Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure
This 90-minute webcast, on July 22 from 1pm-2:30pm ET will highlight Climate Interactive’s new Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, followed by a presentation on the New York City Green Infrastructure Program’s efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning. Communities are feeling the effects of climate change now. Green infrastructure can improve resiliency by helping communities manage flood risk, prepare for drought, reduce urban heat island effects, and protect coasts. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to climate adaptation. However, sharing best practices, learning by doing, and iterative problem solving can help communities choose a suite of adaptation strategies to meet environmental, quality of life and public health goals. This event is part of the EPA Green Infrastructure Program’s 2014 Webcast Series sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management. Read more here.
319 Success Story: White Island Pond, MA
Cranberry farming contributed excess total phosphorus to Massachusetts’ White Island Pond, which is comprised of two separate basins. Poor water quality prompted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to add the pond to the state’s list of impaired waters in 1992 for non-attainment of its primary recreation designated use. Project partners conducted studies to document the current nutrient loading from the commercial cranberry bogs and studied the feasibility of using low-phosphorus fertilizers to maintain yields while reducing nutrient loading. Partners implemented best management practices to reduce nutrient inputs. As a result, conditions in both basins of White Island Pond have improved. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection expects the pond to meet all designated uses by late 2015.;The complete success story can be found here.
From the Web
Delay Action on Climate Change by 10 Years and Costs Rocket 40%: Report (Time)
Earthworm technology for wastewater treatment at Fresno State dairy (Red Bluff Daily News)
How Southern Nevada could turn water deficiency into economic boon (Las Vegas Sun)
NASA Satellites Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In Colorado River Basin (Huffington Post)​

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