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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

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

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

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

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

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


Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program


Hampton Roads Regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program

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

Describes the water quality monitoring program launched by the USGS in partnership with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to determine the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids added to the Chesapeake Bay by the Hampton Roads communities.  From the U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3095


National Lakes Assessment 2012 Results

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reports on the results of a 2012 national assessment of the condition of lakes and reservoirs in the U.S. (released in December 2016).  Includes the text of the public and technical reports, key findings, regional results, and an interactive data dashboard.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


EPA’s National Lakes Assessment Finds Nutrient Pollution is Widespread in Lakes

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources

Press release which summarizes results of a national assessment of U.S. lake conditions.  Finds that 4 out of 10 suffer from excess nitrogen and phosphorus.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


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