Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Consensus blooms

EPA launches major study of WWTP nutrient pollution

EPA

Circle of Blue

The EPA calls nutrient pollution the “single greatest challenge to our nation’s water quality.” Rising concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, the agency reports, are a significant threat to human health, ecosystems, and local economies. Despite the urgency, the EPA lacks basic information for understanding the scope of the problem and recognizing potential solutions. To bridge the knowledge gap, the EPA announced last week that it is developing a national census of wastewater treatment facilities.

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Goldman Sachs invests in cleaner water

Water World

The DC Water and Sewer Authority has issued the nation's first Environmental Impact Bond to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and improve the District's water quality. This deal offers a new type of financial instrument to fund environmental capital projects. The $25 million, tax-exempt EIB was sold in a private placement to the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Calvert Foundation.

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EPA funds effort to rid N.Y., N.J. of marine plastic

Waste Dive

The EPA has provided $365,000 through its Trash Free Waters initiative to seven community projects aimed at keeping plastic out of waterways in New York and New Jersey, as reported by Plastics News. Funding was awarded through a competitive grant process by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.

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