EPA – August 27, 2015

Join EPA for a webinar to learn more details about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army’s final Clean Water Rule to be held on August 27, 2015 from 1:00 p.m .-2:00 p.m. Eastern. This webinar will provide a review of the final rule, survey some commonly asked questions, and discuss what to expect as the rule is implemented. For more information and to register, click here.

By Tom Henry The Blade August 24, 2015

Calling all entrepreneurs: If you have what it takes to stop the world’s growing algae menace, you could win $10 million. The unusual bounty is being offered by the Everglades Foundation of Palmetto Bay, Fla., near Miami. Applications will be accepted starting next June, with another six years of review. In addition to the grand prize, the foundation is dividing up another $1.2 million in prize money over six years to runners-up. In all, 18 prizes and a total of $11.2 million will be awarded.And while initial stories about it suggested the focus was South Florida, the prize director and other foundation officials told The Blade in a conference call last Thursday they are seeking proposals for global solutions, including western Lake Erie. For full story, click here.

KTVZ.com – August 18, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey found insecticides known as neonicotinoids in a little more than half of both urban and agricultural streams sampled across the nation and Puerto Rico, according to a study by the agency This study, conducted from 2011 to 2014, represents the first national-scale investigation of the environmental occurrence of neonicotinoid insecticides in agricultural and urban settings. The research spanned 24 states and Puerto Rico and was completed as part of ongoing USGS investigations of pesticide and other contaminant levels in streams. published Tuesday in Environmental Chemistry. For full story, click here.

By Laura Orlando –  In These Times –  July 24, 2015

The Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—are magnificent inland seas that were once as clear as rainwater. Now each is polluted, but Lake Erie, the smallest, by volume, is in the most trouble. Its western basin is heavily industrialized, but the lake’s greatest threat is from the massive influx of organic material from fertilizer runoff, and the urine and feces from large concentrations of animals in factory farms. These nutrients don’t belong in the lake’s aquatic ecosystem. They kill fish by snatching up oxygen as organic material decays and cause toxic algae blooms. If unchecked, excess nutrients can change the ecosystem so much that the lake no longer supports aquatic life. For full story, click here.

By Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – August 5, 2015  

The biggest threat to the Obama administration's ambitious water rule may come not from industry foes or states challenging what they call a federal power grab, but from greens suing under one of the country's foremost environmental laws, legal experts say. Internal Army documents first reported by Greenwire last week show the Army Corps of Engineers' on-the-ground experts had major concerns about the final U.S. EPA-Army Waters of the U.S. rule, particularly about limits to Clean Water Act protections that were added toward the end of the process (Greenwire, June 27). For full story, click here.