Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hearings set

N.Y. Senate takes on Hoosick Falls tainted water

New York Times

New York Times

Amid rising pressure to investigate the causes and consequences of one of the state’s worst recent environmental crises, the New York Senate announced on Friday that it would hold hearings next month on the polluted water in Hoosick Falls. The announcement, made by the Senate majority leader, John J. Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, capped a week of escalating tension about the level of governmental response in Hoosick Falls.

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Study: Wetlands saved $1.8M in flood damage

Vermont Public Radio

Wetlands and floodplains along Otter Creek — natural buffers that acted as sponges — protected Middlebury, Vt., from more than $1.8 million of flood damage during Tropical Storm Irene, according to a new study from the University of Vermont.

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Unfertilized cover crop may reduce nutrient losses

Phys.org

Results from a modeling tool used by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture scientists indicate that farmers who incorporate an unfertilized winter wheat cover crop into their rotations can significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and total phosphorus lost from row crop fields enhancing downstream water quality, including as far away as the Gulf of Mexico.

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