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- As part of a multi-pronged approach to reducing nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of the Environment continues to make significant progress in working with farmers to control runoff that could affect the waterway’s health.
- SINGAPORE, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its updated edition of drinking water guidelines here on Monday to push water suppliers to systematically manage the potential risk of contaminants entering water, from the catchment to the consumer.
- A sharp decline in bacteria levels in a polluted section of the Rio Grande coincided with the completion of a Mata-moros wastewater treatment facility that prevented untreated wastewater from being discharged into the river.
- WASHINGTON STATE - A new study will investigate the impact what that speed boats, septic tanks and Weyerhaeuser Co. landfill may be having on Silver Lake's water quality, state officials said Monday.
- PHILIPPINES - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is working to help decipher the fish kill epidemic in Batangas and Pangasinan provinces and the water hyacinth problem in Cotabato City in Mindanao thanks to an order by Filipino President Benigno Aquino III.
- WINNIPEG, CANADA - A massive flood that has turned fertile Manitoba pastures into lakes and driven people from their homes for weeks on end will probably deal another blow to the ailing prairie ocean known as Lake Winnipeg.
- BALTIMORE—Baltimore is one of seven pilot cities nationwide participating in a new federal urban waters initiative announced Friday that doesn't promise any new funding but hopes to increase cooperation among federal and local agencies.
Eleven federal agencies led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior and Agriculture are spearheading the effort announced by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Baltimore's Middle Branch Park.
- THAILAND - The quality of the water in the country's major rivers, including the Chao Phraya, is worsening while the air in Bangkok has become more polluted, the 2010 Thailand Pollution Report says.
The annual report, conducted by the the Pollution Control Department and released yesterday, showed the state of the environment in Thailand deteriorated in almost all aspects.
- TAMPA -- Beginning next year, the sale of nitrogen and phosphorus-laden fertilizers – or using them to keep lawns and athletic fields green – will be outlawed in this city.
On Thursday, the city council voted 6 to 1 to ban the sale and use of those fertilizers during the rainy season, from June 1 to Sept. 30.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration says this year’s floods will lead to a bigger than usual fish kill in the Gulf of Mexico. A University of Missouri agriculture expert says fertilizer run-off is a big contributor, and his studies are helping to curb the problem.
- Federal grant will help Chesapeake Bay Foundation, local farmers improve water quality | The News LeaderThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resources Conservation Service has approved $50,000 in funding to sustain activities with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to improve water quality in the Shenandoah Valley.
- ANNAPOLIS (June 21, 2011) - Governor O’Malley today named a broad cross-section of representatives from business, agriculture, science, environmental advocacy and government from throughout Maryland to study the issue of the use of on-site sewage disposal systems, commonly known as septic systems.
- LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) announced Monday the $14.4 million of targeted funding for the 2011 fiscal year.
Chief Dave White said the money will help eligible agricultural producers in the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.
- A record-setting dead zone is predicted to occur in the Gulf of Mexico and expected to kill bottom-dwelling fish and other marine life over a significant portion of the seafloor this summer following the rise in nutrient runoff from the Mississippi floods, according to marine scientists supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
- Pollution and global warming are pushing the world's oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unseen for tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists warned Monday.
- CANADA - The Peterborough County-City Health Unit states that testing has confirmed that blue-green algae is in the "back channel" area of Pigeon Lake. Residents in the affected area are being reminded to avoid using water from the lake
- BATANGAS CITY—Days after authorities declared that fish from the Taal Lake were safe to eat following a massive fishkill that spawned an industry nightmare, hundreds of “bangus” (milkfish) were again seen floating in at least three lakeside villages on Monday, police said.
- BUCKEYE LAKE -- Advisories warning of algal blooms were issued Friday for all three Buckeye Lake beaches, expanding the previous advisory only at Brooks Beach.
Harmful algal blooms capable of producing toxins have been spotted at Crystal, Fairfield and Brooks beaches, prompting the new warnings at the beaches in Licking and Fairfield counties.
- Oregon's environmental regulators on Thursday approved new health-based water quality standards, touted as the toughest in the nation, for curtailing toxic pollutants in rivers and streams.
- Explosion in jellyfish numbers may lead to ecological disaster, warn scientists | Environment | The ObserverThe increase in the jellyfish population has been attributed to factors including climate change, over-fishing and the runoff of agricultural fertilisers. The rise in sea temperature and the elimination of predators such as sharks and tuna has made conditions ideal, and "blooms" – when populations explode in great swarms, sparking regular panics on beaches around the world– are being reported in ever-increasing size and frequency.