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K-State program will give young professionals skills to protect water resources
K-State's Kansas Environmental Leadership Program is developing an interdisciplinary course and curriculum on environmental leadership and water. Coinciding with K-State's emphasis on sustainability, the curriculum will focus on watershed functions and water quality issues. (2009-11-11)

Subproducts resulting from disinfecting drinkable water
For his PhD thesis, Unai Iriarte Velasco analysed strategies for reducing levels of subproducts from the disinfection of drinkable water and their application in optimising the functioning of water treatment plants. (2005-09-08)

Sediment pollution should be included in water quality assessment
Under the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/CE), member states are required to achieve Good Water Status for water (continental, estuarine, subterranean and coastal water bodies) in Europe by 2015. Surface water quality is assessed taking into account the ecological and chemical status. (2010-10-05)

Online photos provide evidence for the value of clean water
New research published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment presents a novel approach to calculating the value of clean water. Analyzing photos posted to the online photo-sharing site Flickr, researchers at the Natural Capital Project and Iowa State University found Minnesota and Iowa lakes with greater water quality receive more visits than dirtier lakes, and that users are willing to travel farther to visit those clean, clear lakes. (2015-02-03)

Major environmental challenge as microplastics are harming our drinking water
Plastics in our waste streams are breaking down into tiny particles, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems, finds research from the University of Surrey and Deakin's Institute for Frontier Materials. (2019-09-09)

UCF researchers to develop water purification system for hurricane relief
The National Science Foundation has asked University of Central Florida to quickly develop a water purification system using nanoparticles to aid disaster victims. (2005-10-19)

Stroud water research center honors John Briscoe for achievements in stewardship of fresh water
Stroud Water Research Center presented John Briscoe, Ph.D., with the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence at The Water's Edge, the Center's annual gala at Longwood Gardens in the suburbs of Philadelphia on Thursday evening, Oct. 18, 2012. (2012-10-19)

USGS scientists develop "Robowell" to monitor ground water
USGS scientists in Massachusetts have patented a robotic ground water monitoring technology, nicknamed (2000-05-08)

Can we address climate change without sacrificing water quality?
Strategies for limiting climate change must take into account their potential impact on water quality through nutrient overload, according to a new study from Carnegie's Eva Sinha and Anna Michalak published by Nature Communications. Some efforts at reducing carbon emissions could actually increase the risk of water quality impairments, they found. (2019-02-26)

Cranfield looks at recycling attitudes
Cranfield University in England has conducted a major study into the public's attitude to recycling water. Water shortage is a serious issue so if ways were found to reduce domestic water consumption it would be a great benefit. (2000-08-16)

Drowning death rates 3 to 4 times lower in US states that regulate open water swim sites
Rates of drowning deaths in US states that more comprehensively regulate open water swim sites are three to four times lower than in states without any such policies, reveals research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (2020-01-07)

Changes in agricultural practices help clean up Lake Erie
Changes in agricultural practices on farms around the Lake Erie basin have reduced the amount of pollutants in runoff into rivers that feed the lake, according to a landmark study by Case Western Reserve University geologists. Examining the water quality of the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, Peter Whiting, CWRU associate professor of geological sciences, and Doug Moog, CWRU senior research associate, found that cropland remains the biggest contributor to sediment and pollution that flow into Lake Erie. (2002-04-15)

Adapting to climate change will bring new environmental problems
Adapting to climate change could have profound environmental repercussions, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia. Research in Nature Climate Change reveals that adaptation measures have the potential to generate further pressures and threats for both local and global ecosystems. (2015-03-20)

Smart phones know when rivers rise...with USGS WaterAlert
You can receive a text or email from the USGS when waters are rising in rivers and streams near you. The service is called WaterAlert. It allows you to receive notifications about water levels at any of over 7,000 USGS real-time streamgages around the country. There is no cost to users for this notification service. (2011-09-01)

Studying water quality with satellites and public data
The researchers built a novel dataset of more than 600,000 matchups between water quality field measurements and Landsat imagery, creating a 'symphony of data.' (2019-12-04)

Hotpots of US coastline susceptible to contamination
Groundwater discharge into the oceans may impair water quality along one-fifth of the coastal United States, a new study reports. (2016-08-04)

Scientists reveal impacts of anthropogenic nitrogen discharge on nitrogen transport in global rivers
Scientists found that riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen in the USA has increased primarily due to the use of nitrogen fertilizers. In contrast, European rivers were affected mainly by point source pollution. However, both aspects are equally important for aquatic environments in China. (2019-02-22)

Water quality study shows need for testing at state migrant camps
The drinking water at one-third of migrant farmworker camps in eastern North Carolina failed to meet state quality standards, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2012-09-13)

Study shows cleaner water mitigates climate change effects on Florida Keys coral reefs
Improving the quality of local water increases the resistance of coral reefs to global climate change, according to a study published in June in Marine Ecology Progress Series. (2010-07-06)

Water and the environment
Safe and clean water is central to American life. We expect safe water from every faucet any time we want, and most economic activity relies on readily available and clean water. The American Geological Institute's (AGI) publication, Water and the Environment examines how science addresses many of the issues central to providing clean and safe water for society. (2005-04-21)

Bougainvillea's response to deficit irrigation tested
Researchers determined effects of deficit irrigation treatments on three potted Bougainvillea varieties grown in two shapes. Shoot, total dry biomass, leaf number, leaf area, and macronutrient, phosphorus, and potassium concentration decreased in response to an increase in water stress, with the lowest values recorded in the severe deficit irrigation treatment. The researchers determined that moderate deficit irrigation treatments can be used successfully in Bougainvillea and recommended two genotypes suitable for pot plant production. (2014-12-08)

Highest concentration of specific ground water contamination in northeast US
The presence of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a component used to add oxygen to gasoline to meet Clean Air Act standards, has been detected as a contaminant in ground water supplies underlying urban areas, particularly in the northeastern United States. The study is published in the July-August issue of Ground Water. (2005-07-19)

Research may lead to improvements in water use for crop irrigation
Two papers published in Irrigation and Drainage may help improve estimates of water requirements for crops, which will save water and minimize losses, allowing more land to be irrigated and subsequently more food to be produced. (2017-10-06)

Alpine lakes reflect climate change
Increases in temperature as a result of climate change are mirrored in lake waters where temperatures are also on the rise. A new study, by Dr. Martin Dokulil, retired researcher from the Institute for Limnology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, forecasts surface water temperatures in large Austrian lakes for 2050 and discusses the impact on the lakes' structure, function and water quality. The research is published online in Springer's journal Hydrobiologia. (2013-06-06)

NSF to fund water and environment technology center
Access to scarce water supplies, especially in rapidly growing urban areas in arid lands, presents a number of challenges. New research is driving the development of technology to mitigate risks in water distribution systems. So-called smart systems will help utilities contain contamination and even alert individual homeowners to problems. (2009-02-10)

Drinking Water from Forests and Grasslands: A Synthesis of the Scientific Literature
About 60 million Americans live in communities that draw source water from National Forests. Edited by water quality consultant George E. Dissmeyer, this publication aims to assist forest and grassland managers in their efforts to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. It reviews and synthesizes the scientific literature about how the management of Forest Service lands affects public drinking water sources. (2001-04-05)

Researchers work to fingerprint hydrofracking water quality
A Syracuse University study aims to develop new tools to detect possible groundwater contamination associated with shale-bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin. (2015-12-09)

Mercyhurst expands research of beach water quality
Pa. Coastal Zone Management grant allows Mercyhurst College biologists to fine-tune their studies of Lake Erie recreational waters. (2010-01-11)

A coupled numerical hydrodynamic water quality model of the river environment
Water quantity and quality characteristics undergo profound changes under changing environment conditions. We developed a coupled numerical hydrodynamic water quality model of the river environment so that we could dynamically simulate water quantity and quality under changing conditions. We applied the model in the Luan River Basin. This study has been published in the Chinese Science Bulletin (In Chinese), 2013, No.12. (2013-06-08)

Mind the gap
Researchers have found a gap between water and a water-repelling surface that can give new insight into the way water and oil separate. By using high-energy X-rays at the ESRF, an international team defined the size and characteristics of this gap. The knowledge of the structure of a hydrophobic interface is important because they are crucial in biological systems, and can give insight in protein folding and stability. (2006-11-22)

End to contaminated drinking water
As things stand, a suspected contamination of drinking water requires that a technician first be sent out to take samples from the water supply. The samples are then cultured and analysed in the laboratory. Only after several days does it become clear whether the water is contaminated and which bacterium is the offender. (2015-10-07)

Researchers find what makes 'black market' water vendors work more reliably and fairly
Many people depend on 'black market' water vendors to survive, and that situation seems unlikely to change for numerous urban poor communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Though these vendors have long been viewed as problematic, researchers studying the informal water market in Bolivia have found that unionized vendors tend to self-regulate and provide safe, affordable water to meet local needs. (2015-12-15)

Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes
Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants. (2017-07-19)

How anti-sprawl policies may be harming water quality
Urban growth boundaries are created by governments in an effort to concentrate urban development -- buildings, roads and the utilities that support them -- within a defined area. These boundaries are intended to decrease negative impacts on people and the environment. However, according to a Penn State researcher, policies that aim to reduce urban sprawl may be increasing water pollution. (2020-01-16)

Floating towards water treatment
Researchers have found engineered floating wetlands show promise for water treatment. (2017-01-25)

Streamflow gage installation/Cerro Grande fire
WHAT: In response to the Cerro Grande/Los Alamos wildfire, the U.S. Geological Survey has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish a streamflow gage and collect water-quality data from the Rio Grande upstream from Cochiti Reservoir to determine the effects of the fire upon the water system. (2000-06-20)

Fine water particle sprays improve facial skin moisture
In a Skin Research & Technology study, spraying fine water particles onto the facial skin of adult women in winter, when skin is dry, improved skin hydration and softening. In addition, water retention remained constant at 360 minutes after spraying. (2018-11-07)

New insight on vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination
Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public-supply wells to contamination. A new USGS report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive. About one-third of the US population gets their drinking water from public-supply wells. (2013-08-05)

1,000-year-old Arctic ponds disappearing due to global warming
Research has uncovered alarming evidence that high Arctic ponds, many have been permanent bodies of water for thousands of years, are completely drying out during the polar summer. These shallow ponds are important indicators of environment change and are especially susceptible to the effects of climate change because of their low water volume. Researchers studied these Arctic ponds over 24 years. This data represents the longest record of systematic limnological monitoring from the high Arctic. (2007-07-02)

'Buried water' wins world prize
Australian scientists' work on water 'banking' has been honoured internationally with the awarding of the inaugural UNESCO International Water Prize for Innovation in Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas. (2001-11-01)

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