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Reclamation Water Information System

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources

https://water.usbr.gov/

Provides historical and current data on water quality and levels for streams and reservoirs in the western part of the U.S.  View and download data from the site.  From the Bureau of Reclamation

 

Water Quality Changes in the Nation’s Streams and Rivers

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://nawqatrends.wim.usgs.gov/swtrends/

Interactive map product which allows users to get a long-term look at water quality changes in U.S. rivers and streams over time.  Covers 1400 sites from 1972 to 2012.  From the Geological Survey

 

State of the Global Climate in 2016

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

http://library.wmo.int/opac/doc_num.php?explnum_id=3414

2016 was the warmest year on record: 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial period and 0.06 above the previous record set in the previous year.  Covers key findings in temperature, oceans, greenhouse gases, precipitation, sea ice and glaciers, and extreme events.  From the World Meteorological Organization

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement-Scoping Report Appendices Vol. 2

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95108/115024/Coal_PEIS_Vol_II_508.pdf

Contains the list of commenters, the comments by issue category, and an annotated bibliography.  Volume 2 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

Federal Coal Program: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Scoping Report. Vol. 1

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/65353/95106/115023/CoalPEIS_RptsScoping_Vol1_508.pdf

Argues the need for modernization of the federal coal program to ensure a fair return on the sale of public coal resources, assess the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and consider the impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.  Volume 1 of 2 volumes.  From the Interior Department

 

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/hfstudy

Contains the text of the final assessment report, appendices to the final report, an executive summary, a fact sheet, and the text of the 2015 draft assessment. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://ofmpub.epa.gov/eims/eimscomm.getfile?p_download_id=529930

666 page text of the final assessment report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-final-report-impacts-hydraulic-fracturing-activities-drinking-water

Press release on the issuance of the final scientific report on the impact of fracking on drinking water. Became controversial because of alterations from the earlier draft. The final report states “hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances.”  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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