Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

Sewage surveillance

Coronavirus variant is turning up in U.S. wastewater


MIT Technology Review

A hyper-transmissible form of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in California and Florida wastewater, confirming its widening presence in the United States. Samples drawn from sewers near Los Angeles and outside Orlando starting in late January are among those in which genetic mutations shared by a so-called U.K. variant have been detected. The sewage data is consistent with other estimates that the variant is increasing its reach.


Research may aid Chesapeake Bay restoration

Pennsylvania State University

Growing the right crop in the right place within an impaired watershed can achieve significant water quality improvements, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a novel study in the drainage of a Susquehanna River tributary in an agricultural area in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The research may reveal a potential path for restoring the troubled Chesapeake Bay.


New Indiana park will go with flow of rising river

Yale Climate Connections

As extreme storms grow more common, the Ohio River is expected to flood nearby areas more often. But rather than close down during a flood, a new park in Indiana will make the best of high water. "Our pivot is, OK, lean into a wetter landscape," says Scott Martin of the nonprofit River Heritage Conservancy. The group plans to transform 600 acres along the river into connected green spaces.