Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Paying the price

N.J.'s bill to clean up wastewater treatment: $17B

NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight

New Jersey needs to invest more than $17 billion over the next five years to improve its aging wastewater-treatment plants and the pipes for those systems, according to a new survey by the U.S. EPA. The huge expense is part of a projected $271 billion the nation has to spend to maintain and improve the technology for treating sewage and managing the runoff of pollution into the country’s waters, the agency said.

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Report: Northeast's ocean water warming faster

Cape Cod Times

The ocean off Cape Cod is warming at a rate more than double what prior modeling predicted, according to a report released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The finding by researchers at the federal agency matches what has already been recognized locally over the past 10 years.

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Tool provides easier way to monitor wetland quality

Science Daily

A modified or "rapid" version of an existing wetland assessment tool can accurately assess the quality of wetlands, according to Penn State researchers. Using the rapid version of the tool, known as the Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQI), can save time and improve upon wetland monitoring strategies.

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