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Let's address America's wastewater crisis - StandardNet

Let's address America's wastewater crisis - StandardNet | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Akron Legal NewsLet's address America's wastewater crisisStandardNetMuch has been written about the nation's aging infrastructure and what our elected officials should be doing, but the solution to one problem lies squarely with the consumer.
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Fairhope wastewater plant to get $10.8 million upgrade, improving discharge ... - al.com (blog)

Fairhope wastewater plant to get $10.8 million upgrade, improving discharge ... - al.com (blog) | Government Sector | Scoop.it
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Opinion, Dispelling myths about EPA's Spill Prevention Control and ... - Agri-Pulse

Opinion, Dispelling myths about EPA's Spill Prevention Control and ... - Agri-Pulse | Government Sector | Scoop.it
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Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods get 46% more physical activity

Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods get 46% more physical activity News-Medical.net Children who live in "smart growth" neighborhoods--developments that are designed to increase walkability and have more parks and green space...
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Mexico's smart grid positioned for huge growth

Mexico's smart grid positioned for huge growth | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Mexico's smart grid positioned for huge growth (#SONews#Mexico smart grid positioned for huge growth!
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The week ahead: Battle over EPA nominee draws to a close - The Hill's E2-Wire

The week ahead: Battle over EPA nominee draws to a close - The Hill's E2-Wire | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, could see her long-awaited confirmation vote on the Senate floor this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.
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07/15/2013: EPA Provides $1.5 Million to Clean Up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties Across New York State

EPA Provides $1.5 Million to Clean Up and Revitalize Contaminated Properties Across New York State (NY) http://t.co/HfhkdQ4AtK
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Court: EPA must rule on biogenic emissions - Politico

Court: EPA must rule on biogenic emissions - Politico | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Politico Court: EPA must rule on biogenic emissions Politico A federal appeals court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to delay regulation of biogenic carbon dioxide emissions that come from non-fossil fuel sources like...
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Biofuels companies may soon be affected by CO2 emission rules per Court decision.
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New maps reduce high-risk areas at Shore - Philly.com

New maps reduce high-risk areas at Shore - Philly.com | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Philly.com New maps reduce high-risk areas at Shore Philly.com The new preliminary maps for Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth, and Hudson Counties reflect a more precise modeling analysis of current hazards, including wave analysis and other specific...
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New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water

New York City Commits to Green Solution for Harnessing Water | Government Sector | Scoop.it
With a landmark announcement this week, New York City has officially joined a growing number of cities around the country in embracing a smarter--and paradigm-shifting--approach to reducing water pollution. Using a suite of techniques like strategically located street plantings, porous pavements, and green roofs, collectively known as green infrastructure, New York is turning the problem of excess stormwater into a solution that will improve the health and livability of its neighborhoods, while cleaning up the waterways that course through and around the city.

It's hard to overstate what a dramatic shift in thinking this represents. Instead of viewing stormwater as waste, New York is turning it into a resource. With this move, New York is showing the rest of the country that if the largest city in the U.S. can finally tackle its chronic water pollution problems with green infrastructure--they can, too.


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Texas Oil and gas bill promotes water conservation

AUSTIN, TX- A bill calling for the recycling of oil and gas wastewater passed the House Thursday, which aims to encourage oil and gas producers across the state to conserve water.

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LID Saves Money and Protects Your Community's Resources

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Great factsheet from the EPA on how to implement Low Impact Development strategies in a cost-effective manner!  Check out the whole "LID Barrier Busters" fact sheet series at http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/green/bbfs.cfm.

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The Urban Environment: 8 Qualities of Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design

The Urban Environment: 8 Qualities of Pedestrian and Transit-Oriented Design | Government Sector | Scoop.it

Since 2000, a number of tools for measuring the quality of the walking environment have emerged. These tools are now used by researchers, local governments, and community groups to measure physical features related to walkability, such as building setback, block length, and street and sidewalk width.


Yet individual physical features may not tell us much about the experience of walking down a particular street. Specifically, they may not capture people’s overall perceptions of the street environment, perceptions that may have complex or subtle relationships to physical features. The urban design literature points to numerous perceptual qualities that may affect the walking experience. Other fields also contribute, including architecture, landscape architecture, park planning, environmental psychology, and the growing visual preference and visual assessment literature.


Visit the link for more information and the complete article explaining the 8 urban design qualities that enable more effective urban design planning solutions for creating quality pedestrian environments...


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Fascinating........"Imageability is related to “sense of place.” Gorden Cullen (1961, p. 152) elaborates on the concept of sense of place, asserting that a characteristic visual theme will contribute to a cohesive sense of place and will inspire people to enter and rest in the space. Jan Gehl (1987, p. 183) explains this phenomenon using the example of famous Italian city squares, where “life in the space, the climate, and the architectural quality support and complement each other to create an unforgettable total impression.” When all factors manage to work together to such pleasing ends, a feeling of physical and psychological well-being results: the feeling that a space is a thoroughly pleasant place in which to be."

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Researchers Scout Out New Locations to Store Fracking Wastewater - ideastream

Researchers Scout Out New Locations to Store Fracking Wastewater - ideastream | Government Sector | Scoop.it
ideastreamResearchers Scout Out New Locations to Store Fracking WastewaterideastreamA team of scientists with the research group Battelle are investigating the best locations to store wastewater from oil and gas drilling.
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'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater - The Atlantic Cities

'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater - The Atlantic Cities | Government Sector | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Cities 'Microbial Batteries' Could Soon Allow Us to Harvest Electricity From Wastewater The Atlantic Cities "You clean the wastewater and you can also recover energy," explains Xing Xie, an interdisciplinary fellow at Stanford and one...
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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. In this case, just don't drink it.
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Judge rules EPA can enforce nutrient standards - CattleNetwork.com

Judge rules EPA can enforce nutrient standards - CattleNetwork.com | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Judge rules EPA can enforce nutrient standardsCattleNetwork.comA District Court judge has upheld that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to set and enforce Total Maximum Daily Load for the Chesapeake Bay.
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Smart Growth Online -- Newsletter for August 7, 2013

Smart Growth Online -- Newsletter for August 7, 2013 | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Smart Growth Online -- Newsletter for August 7, 2013 http://t.co/Xg89oqW9y8
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites - Auburn Citizen

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites - Auburn Citizen | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Dan Maffei back bill to rebuild brownfield sites Auburn Citizen "Redeveloping our brownfield sites is a proven, effective way to revitalize communities and boost the economy through private investment and business...
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THe BUILD Act (Brownfields Utilizaton, Investment, and Local Development) proposes awarding multiphase grants so municipalities can complete assessment through redevelopment under one grant.


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07/15/2013: Up To $9.5 Million Available From EPA for 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Projects

Up To $9.5 Million Available From EPA for 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Projects (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI) http://t.co/xW1JzRqW8v
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EPA Strengthens Energy Star Requirements - HispanicBusiness.com

EPA Strengthens Energy Star RequirementsHispanicBusiness.comUnder the new standards, Energy Star certified refrigerators and freezers will use at least 10 percent less energy than models meeting 2014 federal minimum efficiency standards.
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Brownfield redevelopment paying off in Cedar Rapids - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Brownfield redevelopment paying off in Cedar Rapids - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Brownfield redevelopment paying off in Cedar Rapids
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
At the same time, Clancey says she was part of a task force on abandoned industrial “brownfield” properties as a member of the U.S.
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Deadly superbug MRSA found at U.S. wastewater treatment plants-CSglobe

Deadly superbug MRSA found at U.S. wastewater treatment plants-CSglobe | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Study: Deadly 'superbug' MRSA now being found at U.S. wastewater treatment plants, particularly in areas prone to water shortages and drought. (RT @cusafepatient: Deadly superbug #MRSA found at U.S.
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How Brownfield Redevelopment Reduces Pollution

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has released a comprehensive research report demonstrating that redevelopment of contaminated industrial sites in inner cities brings substantial environmental benefits. The agency studied 163 brownfield sites in five cities, comparing their impacts with those of sites where development was likely to go had the brownfields not been available.


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Using Bacteria to Clean Up Pharmaceutical Drugs in Wastewater

A weedy lot in Minoa, NY contains a unique artificial wetland that actually removes pharmaceutical drugs from wastewater dumped into it.

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Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff

Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff | Government Sector | Scoop.it
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 21, 2013 -
When it rains, untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health.
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