U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – April 16, 2016

EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the winners of its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. See the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners.  EPA will announce the next round of the Challenge in the Summer of 2016. For full story, click here.

By Christina Jedra – Capital Gazette – April 26, 2016

A new environmental organization is conducting a census of volunteer water quality monitoring groups. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative was formed by the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The CMC hopes to connect citizen scientist groups with other organizations and "provide a vehicle for their data to be used by larger groups," according to a news release from the alliance. For full story, click here.

By Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan – The Hill – April 25, 2016

The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it. The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism. The problem is being felt most acutely in the West, where drought conditions and increased water use have helped turn lush agricultural areas to dust. But dangers also lurk underground, in antiquated water systems that are increasingly likely to break down or spread contaminants like lead. For full story, click here.

By Brian Clark Howard – National Geographic – April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human activities on the environment.  Since then, the annual tradition has grown to involve billions of people around the world. This year, Earth Day turns 46. To mark this anniversary and to show how much has changed since 1970, we assembled 46 of the most significant accomplishments of the environmental movement since the first Earth Day. For full article, click here.

Olive Heffernan – Nature – April 21, 2016

A global science body set up to assess the ecological health and biodiversity of the planet is struggling to solve its own lack of diversity: a monoculture of natural scientists on its staff. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 to assess scientific and local knowledge on the state of the natural world. From the outset, the United Nations body planned to recruit a mixture of specialists to help to inform its reports: from natural scientists and economists to social scientists, anthropologists, environmental philosophers and indigenous peoples such as fishers and farmers with local knowledge about their environment. For full story, click here.