By Joe Palca – npr – June 30, 2015
A small company in California is hoping to make a big splash by providing detailed flood maps to homeowners and insurance companies. And to do that, the company is using one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. The company is called Katrisk, based in Berkeley, Calif. Hydrologist and computer modeler Dag Lohmann is one of the company's founders. He says the flood maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency already produces will tell you how prone a particular area is to flooding. But FEMA's maps don't tell you everything you might want to know about what might happen in a flood, Lohmann says. For full story, click here.
Contact: Soledad Calvino – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – July 7, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation EPA announced a pair of settlements with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to bring its wastewater treatment facility in Window Rock into compliance both with the federal Clean Water Act and the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act. For full story, click here.
By Timothy Cama – The Hill – June 29, 2015
Eighteen states sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. The states got together in three separate groups to file lawsuits in different federal courts, based in Bismarck, N.D.; Columbus, Ohio; and Houston. The states argue that the EPA violated the clear language of the Clean Water Act that drew a line between federal authority and that of states or private landowners over waterways. For full story, click here.
Contact: T. Kevin O'Donnell – EPA – June 15, 2015
This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from eligible entities for a cooperative agreement to support a project to continue monitoring and assessment of Great Lakes coastal wetlands pursuant to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan I. For more information, click here. For more information, click here. Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-R5-GL2015-2. Applications must be received by EPA on July 31, 2015 - by 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time / 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Restore America's Estuaries – June 18, 2015
Restore America’s Estuaries has released a new report, “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” which provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines and provides clear recommendations and strategies to move forward. Living shorelines are a suite of techniques that offer property owners the opportunity to protect and restore their shoreline using more naturally-occurring systems like salt marsh and oyster reefs while also providing benefits to bays and estuaries. To read more, click here. To download report, click here.