Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Big win for innovation

Water quality trading program awarded U.S. Water Prize

A Conservation Innovation Grant recipient accepts award from the U.S. Water Alliance.

NRCS

Natural Resources Conservation Service

When USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant to the Electric Power Research Institute in 2009, the notion of administering the nation’s largest water quality trading program in the Ohio River Basin was an ambitious goal. Fast forward to 2015 — the multi-state water-trading program is a reality, and the Institute was one of three entities to be awarded this year’s Water Prize by the U.S. Water Alliance.

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NASA urged to fund algal bloom warning system

Northeast Ohio Media Group

Ohio Congress members whose districts abut Lake Erie want NASA to keep funding a new satellite-based system to track algal blooms that can contaminate drinking water. Last week, the group sent NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr., a letter that asks it to continue funding the Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms project directed by NASA Glenn Research Center.

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Invasive species pose a toxic threat to Green Bay

Great Lakes Echo

Although contaminants buried in the sediments of Green Bay may be out of sight, they should not be out mind, according to research published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research. Two invasive species — the quagga mussel and round goby — can allow a group of toxic chemicals deposited more than 45 years ago to reenter the food web, passing them to predatory fish and possibly people.

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