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Virginia Water Quality Assessment 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Report 2014

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

This report provides the results of Virginia’s water quality assessments during the time period January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2012  and satisfies state and federal water quality reporting requirements.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


California Drought, Visualized With Open Data

Categories: Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

Presents data on the effect of the California drought on water use and the water cycle through data visualization techniques.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


USGS Repeat Photography Project Documents Retreating Glaciers in Glacier National Park

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

Documents climate change effects via repeat photographs in Montana’s Glacier National Park since the establishment of the park in the early 20th Century.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


George Washington National Forest: Revised Land and Resource Management Plan

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Headlines,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues

Revises the 1993 management plan for the Virginia forest and drew news headlines because of its position on not prohibiting any specific technology for developing energy resources including hydraulic fracturing on forest lands where there are existing valid leases. See also related environmental materials.  From the Forest Service


Climate Change and Dead Zones

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Investigates the relationship between global warming and oxygen-depleted dead zones in estuaries and coastal zones.  The Chesapeake Bay has been particularly affected by the emergence of such dead zones.  From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

Water use in the U.S. has dropped 13% since 2005; the 2010 estimates of 355 billion gallons per day put total withdrawals at the lowest level since before 1970.   Thermoelectric power and irrigation were the two main uses for water in 2010.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


Mercury in the Nation’s Streams: Levels, Trends, and Implications

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources

Presents a summary of results of investigations conducted since the late 1990s on the sources, occurrences, trends, transport, and bioaccumulation of mercury in U.S. stream ecosystems.  Includes section on where mercury concentrations are the highest in the U.S.  From the U.S. Geological Survey


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