Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Nitrogen bomb

Ecosystems are dying in Long Island waterways

Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

Thousands of dead bunker fish and hundreds of diamondback turtles washed ashore last May in Peconic Bay on the east end of Long Island, N.Y. Fed by warming waters and a stream of nitrogen, a foul bloom of algae had so depleted the estuary of oxygen that marine life suffocated. It was the beginning of a seasonal occurrence that has become distressingly common: a toxic summer.

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Chesapeake cleanup plan taken to Supreme Court

E&E Publishing

The American Farm Bureau Federation and other industry groups today asked the Supreme Court to review U.S. EPA's landmark approach for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The groups argued that the agency far overstepped its bounds under the Clean Water Act in issuing a pollution diet for the 64,000-square-mile watershed.

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Human cost of old bridges, dams, roads rising

New York Times

From coast to coast, the country’s once-envied collection of bridges, dams, pipelines, sewage treatment plants and levees is crumbling. Studies have shown that a lack of investment in public infrastructure costs billions of dollars a year in lost productivity, as people sit in traffic or wait for delayed shipments.

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