Thursday, June 30, 2016

Human impact

Study: Infrastructure contributes to La. wetland loss

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University of Miami Rosenstiel School

As Louisiana's wetlands continue to disappear at an alarming rate, a new study has pinpointed the man-made structures that disrupt the natural water flow and threaten these important ecosystems. The findings have important implications for New Orleans and other coastal cities that rely on coastal wetlands to serve as buffer from destructive extreme weather events.

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Fla. researchers take on aquatic invasive plants

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Of all the invasive plants in Florida’s waterways, hydrilla costs the most to contain — $66 million over a seven-year period, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says. But UF/IFAS researchers are finding new ways to use less chemical treatment, and thus less money, to manage hydrilla.

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U.S. water utilities not prepared for catastrophe

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A "black sky" event — such as an earthquake, infrequent but debilitating — would be beyond the capacity of current emergency response, according to a National Infrastructure Advisory Council report on the U.S. water sector's resilience to natural disaster and cyberattack.

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