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Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5025367

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

 

The State of the Birds Report 2014

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2014%20SotB_FINAL_low-res.pdf

The fifth such report with information on bird habitats, preventing extinction, and more.  Claims to be the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted.  From the Smithsonian Institution and other project partners

 

State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Climb

Categories: Business/Economics,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5559

Press release announcing that the 2013/14 oyster harvest jumped 25% to an estimated 504,000 bushels.  It was the highest level since 1987.  Includes link to table with history of annual Virginia oyster harvests since 1957-58.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Proposal to Protect the Bristol Bay Watershed

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay

Proposed regulation designed to protect Bristol Bay Alaska salmon fishery waters from damage from copper mining.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Dissolved-Solids Sources, Loads, Yields, and Concentrations in Streams of the Conterminous United States

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5012/pdf/sir2014-5012.pdf

Warns about concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, which are elevated in many of U.S. streams because of human activity.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Streamflow, Water Quality, and Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of Selected Streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007-2012

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5073/pdf/sir2014-5073.pdf

Describes results of long-term effort to assess the condition of Fairfax County streams and documents watershed-scale responses to the implementation of Best Management Practices.  The focus was on hydrologic and ecological condition of 14 monitored streams.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

An Economic Assessment of Policy Options to Reduce Agricultural Pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1469631/err166.pdf

Uses data on crop and animal agriculture in the Chesapeake watershed to assess the relative effectiveness of alternative policy approaches for achieving the nutrient and sediment reduction goals of the 2010 plan for Total Maximum Daily Load.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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