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Health of nation's water supply may be found at the head of the river
Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court have focused national attention on what bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction for protection under the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA). (2007-02-13)
Water and sanitation related diseases and the environment
Janine Selendy, founder and president of Horizon International, brings experts together from across the medical and environmental fields to present the latest analysis and successful case studies in the fight to eradicate and prevent water and sanitation-related diseases. (2011-09-27)
Same-day water pollution test could keep beaches open more often
With warm summer days at the beach on the minds of millions of winter-weary people, scientists are reporting that use of a new water quality test this year could prevent unnecessary beach closures while better protecting the health of swimmers. (2013-04-03)
Bionic microrobot mimics the 'water strider' and walks on water
Scientists are reporting development of a new aquatic microrobot that mimics the amazing water-walking abilities of the water strider -- the long-legged insect that scoots across the surface of ponds, lakes and other waterways. (2011-07-27)
Cleaner air may be driving water quality in Chesapeake Bay
A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for recent progress on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. (2016-07-26)
After decades of clean up attempts, world's lakes still suffer from phosphorus pollution
Leading scientists warn: Phosphorus pollution is a major concern. We need to speed up recovery treatments of lakes -- or accept poor freshwater quality. (2016-07-08)
How much water does US fracking really use?
Energy companies used nearly 250 billion gallons of water to extract shale gas and oil from hydraulically fractured wells in the US between 2005 and 2014, a new Duke University study finds. (2015-09-15)
Deadly for bacteria, great for consumers
Electricity and water can be fatal. But that could be good news for consumers now that researchers have shown the deadly combination also kills bacteria like E. coli, salmonella and listeria on foods and food utensils. (2000-08-24)
Environmental change impacts Oklahoma rivers
Biodiversity in freshwater systems is impacted as much or more by environmental change than tropical rain forests, according to University of Oklahoma Professor Caryn Vaughn, who serves as director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey. (2010-01-26)
Amid environmental change, lakes surprisingly static
In recent decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. (2017-08-23)
When trees aren't 'green'
Most of us don't consider forests a source of pollution. (2015-06-10)
Switchgrass may be a good option for farmers who have lost fertile topsoil
A study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass, which is a perennial plant and used commonly for biofuel, improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. (2016-12-13)
Cleaner water through nanotechnology
Tiny particles of pure silica coated with an active material could be used to remove toxic chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other hazardous materials from water much more effectively and at lower cost than conventional water purification methods, according to researchers writing in the current issue of Inderscience's International Journal of Nanotechnology. (2008-02-20)
Arsenic removal from drinking water is focus of new projects
More stringent federal standards for acceptable levels of arsenic in US public drinking water go into effect next year, a prospect that has resulted in four new research projects on arsenic. (2005-04-08)
Water pipe smoking has the same respiratory effects as smoking cigarettes
A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that water pipe smoking, such as hookah or bong smoking, affects lung function and respiratory symptoms as much as cigarette smoking. (2012-08-30)
Writing an equation for soil success
Assessing soil physical quality can save time and money. It can help steer away from soils that wouldn't help crops grow their best. (2016-11-23)
Pesticides persist in ground water
Numerous studies over the past four decades have established that pesticides, which are typically applied at the land surface, can move downward to reach the water table at detectable concentrations. (2008-07-01)
Pioneering research into health benefits of beauty treatment
Pioneering medical research is going on at the University of Leicester into the use of Botulinum toxin -- commonly thought of as a beauty treatment -- for bladder problems. (2007-03-06)
Shaking the nanomaterials out
Nano implies small -- and that's great for use in medical devices, beauty products and smartphones -- but it's also a problem. (2015-12-10)
E. coli can survive in streambed sediments for months
Studies by US Department of Agriculture scientists have confirmed that the presence of Escherichia coli pathogens in surface waters could result from the pathogen's ability to survive for months in underwater sediments. (2011-07-01)
University of Akron researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature
New research by scientists at The University of Akron shows that a nanometer-thin layer of water between two charged surfaces exhibits ice-like tendencies that allow it to withstand pressures of hundreds of atmospheres. (2016-08-29)
Saving the world one drop at a time
The WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center at the University of Oklahoma is bringing together researchers and advocates from around the world to focus on the life-sustaining resource -- clean water. (2013-09-09)
OU biologist focuses on global environmental change in lakes
To understand how organisms adapt to changing environments, a University of Oklahoma biologist will observe the evolutionary consequences of change in a natural population. (2013-08-08)
New weather, old pipes challenge nation's water supply
The difficult separation of drinking water and sewage may face more challenges than its aging infrastructure can withstand as unpredictable weather conditions produce floods that beset the nation, a Michigan State University water expert says. (2007-02-16)
Bio-inspired robots jump on water
By studying how water striders jump on water, Je-Sung Koh and colleagues have created a robot that can successfully launch itself from the surface of water. (2015-07-30)
Just say 'No' to drugs -- in water
This teen is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. (2015-07-29)
USGS responds to Hurricane Floyd in Virginia
Heavy rains have occurred as Floyd moved into eastern and central Virginia. (1999-09-17)
Flawed sampling, not just pollution, may be responsible for beach closings
A study of California's Huntington Beach shows that flawed sampling techniques could be responsible for recent beach closures in California and across the country. (2002-08-15)
NC State develops material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water
A combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, researchers from North Carolina State University have found. (2011-04-13)
Blending wastewater may help California cope with drought
Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can create a water supply that benefits crops and is affordable. (2016-08-25)
Research finds low oxygen resources in Central New York's Three Rivers system
A three-year longitudinal and vertical study of Central New York's Three Rivers system -- involving the Oswego, Oneida and Seneca rivers -- has revealed that oxygen resources have become degraded by several stressors, including the impact of wastewater treatment plants, nonpoint runoff, an increase in invasive zebra mussels and channelization of the flow. (2010-04-29)
Protein surfaces defects act as drug targets
New research shows a physical characterisation of the interface of the body's proteins with water. (2013-07-30)
Residents willing to pay for water improvements
Managing storm-water runoff in urban settings is critical to keep basements dry, streets clear and passable, and streams and rivers healthy, but how much are homeowners willing to pay for it? (2013-10-08)
USGS Maryland office gears up for Floyd
As Hurricane Floyd heads for the Chesapeake Bay, teams of scientists are gearing up to do water-quality sampling and flood measurements. (1999-09-16)
Beach buoys deployed to detect beach contamination
Beachgoers may soon be able to know in a timely manner if the water is clean enough for swimming, thanks to some new technology developed by researchers from Michigan State University and the US Geological Survey. (2016-04-27)
Healthy watersheds can sustain water supplies, aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate
The US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station has published a report about the role of forests in the stewardship of water in a changing climate. (2010-06-28)
Cotton with special coating collects water from fogs in desert
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology together with researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows the cotton to absorb exceptional amounts of water from misty air: 340 percent of its own weight. (2013-01-21)
Afghanistan's Kabul Basin faces major water challenges
In the next 50 years, it is estimated that drinking water needs in the Kabul Basin of Afghanistan may increase sixfold due to population increases resulting from returning refugees. (2010-06-16)
Lakes react differently to warmer climate
A future warmer climate will produce different effects in different lakes. (2012-10-04)
Microbiologist named National Associate of National Academies
The nation's premiere science advisory organization has bestowed its National Associate honor on University of California, Riverside Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Marylynn V. (2005-01-21)
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