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Analyze Trends: Drinking Water Dashboard

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://echo.epa.gov/trends/comparative-maps-dashboards/drinking-water-dashboard

Provides an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory activities of EPA and information about which public water systems are regulated, how many have been inspected, how many have failed inspections, and how many have returned to compliance.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment: Draft for Public Comment

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/09/fact-sheet-us-caricom-summit-deepening-energy-cooperation

This scientific assessment reviews new literature on the impacts of climate change on human health in the U.S. including temperature related death and illness, air quality, vectorborne disease, water problems, food safety, extreme weather and mental health.  From the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

State Water Resources Plan

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/WaterSupplyPlanning/StateWaterPlan.aspx

The first comprehensive water supply plan for the state of Virginia that incorporates locally-developed water supply plans.   Open for public comment until May 8, 2015.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

U.S. Geological Survey Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Roadmap 2014

Categories: Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2015/1032/pdf/ofr2015-1032.pdf

Provides operational procedures and lessons learned from completed missions testing the efficacy of using drones for acquiring remotely-sensed data in hard-to-access areas.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06658.pdf

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department

 

Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud: Action Plan for Implementing the Task Force Recommendations

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/iuu/noaa_taskforce_report_final.pdf

Describes the international and domestic steps that will be taken to track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Natural Resources

http://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/WindVision_Report_final.pdf

Presents a new vision for wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.  This report assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the nation’s electrical demands in 2020, 20% in 2030, and 35% in 2050.  From the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy of the Energy Department

 

Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Implications for Management and Restoration—The EasternShore

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1406/pdf/circ1406.pdf

The Eastern Shore only includes 7% of the Bay watershed  but contribute a disproportionate amount of nitrogen and phosphorus to Bay waters.  This report covers the importance of the Eastern Shore to the Bay, the major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the management practices that would be most effective in mitigating the problem.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

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