National News

EPA Tool for Water & Wastewater Utilities on Flood Resilience 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – September 2014

With a user-friendly layout, embedded videos, and flood maps to guide you, EPA's Flood Resilience Guide is your one-stop resource to know your flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect your critical assets. For more information, click here. To download guide, click here

Analysis of State Oil & Gas Regs Finds States Are on the Right Track

Ground Water Protection Council – 2014

The Ground Water Protection Council report is an update to their 2009 report and includes an overview of 2013 groundwater protection rules in 27 states that account for more than 98 percent of the country’s oil and gas production. In addition to the most up-to-date accounting of state regulatory activities, the report includes a series of items states might consider when evaluating and revising their rules and policies regarding hydraulic fracturing, chemical disclosure, storage and spill prevention. For more information and to download report, click here.

Earth Has Lost Half of its Wildlife in the Past 40 Years, says WWF

By Damian Carrington – The Guardian – September 29 2014

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found. If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live.” He said nature, which provides food and clean water and air, was essential for human wellbeing. For full story, click here

World Stands By As Algae and Dead Zones Ruin Water

By Codi Koacek – Circle of Blue – September 25, 2014

Decades of research and billions of dollars spent to understand the causes of toxic algae blooms and oxygen-starved aquatic dead zones around the world have produced more scientific knowledge but achieved few results to solve two of the most dangerous threats to the world’s oceans and fresh water reserves. In fact, according to a growing body of scientific evidence, the algae blooms and near shore ocean dead zones are growing larger, more numerous and endangering important fisheries and drinking water consumed by millions of people. For full story, click here.

E.P.A. Unveils 2nd Phase of Plan to Reverse Great Lakes Damage

By Michael Wines – The New York Times – September 24, 2014

The federal government issued a new blueprint Wednesday for its efforts to restore the Great Lakes, including plans to clean up 10 contaminated rivers and harbors and step up its attack on poisonous algae blooms that coat parts of three lakes each summer. The program will include a new attempt to buffer the lakes against the effects of climate change. It will require, for example, that new wetlands include plants that can thrive in warmer temperatures. For full story, click here.