Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

River mandate

EPA forcing towns to rid Charles of algae blooms

Charles River Watershed Association interns test water from Willow Pond in Boston.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Nearly every summer over the past decade, toxic algae blooms, fueled by warm weather and contaminated runoff, have coated parts of the Charles River. Now the federal government is poised to issue sweeping regulations ordering a cleanup, a move expected to cost some river municipalities tens of millions of dollars. The regulations will be issued next month and take effect later this year.

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Aquifer touted as way to cut Bay cleanup cost

Virginian-Pilot

Among those who crunch the numbers for city and county budgets, a big wild card in the decade ahead is the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, which collectively could cost $1 billion or more. But the Hampton Roads Sanitation District says it may have a way to cut nutrient runoff and reduce the need for stormwater cleanup spending.

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Water Research Foundation celebrates 50th year

Water Research Foundation

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Water Research Foundation. First envisioned in 1955, the AWWA Research Foundation was officially incorporated on Dec. 5, 1966. In 1987, the subscription program for water utilities began, an innovation that has allowed WRF to become the industry leader in water research.

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