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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

 

Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

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

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

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

https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2016/3095/fs20163095.pdf

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

https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/national-lakes-assessment-2012-results

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

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epas-national-lakes-assessment-finds-nutrient-pollution-widespread-lakes-0

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

 

FY 2016 Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan

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

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD4002016/$file/RD400.pdf

Latest annual report to the General Assembly on Virginia’s clean-up efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and other Virginia waterways.  From the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

 

Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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

http://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/err216%5Cerr-216.pdf

After decades of nutrient-runoff reduction efforts via regulation, education, and technical assistance, manure remains a significant contributor to Chesapeake Bay problems.  This report discusses the idea of involving livestock operators in nutrient trading schemes.  Most past such trading efforts have focused on crop producers.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

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