Webinar: Land Use, Environmental Stressors, and Water Resources: Degradation to Restoration

Wed, Aug 30, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4319992565037855234

EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program provides the science and innovative technologies that the Agency and the nation need to maintain drinking water resources and systems, as well as to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. It uses an integrated, systems approach to support the availability of the clean, adequate, and equitable  water supplies necessary for human well-being and resilient aquatic ecosystems. Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Strategic Research Action Plan: http://www2.epa.gov/research/safe-and-sustainable-water-resources-strategic-research-action-plan-2016-2019.

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.

Solar eclipse on August 21 will affect photovoltaic generators across the country

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration.

On August 21, a solar eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at approximately 1,900 utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the United States. However, relatively little solar PV capacity lies in the path of totality—where the sun will be completely obscured by the moon—and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) does not anticipate the eclipse will create reliability issues for the bulk power system.

Fertilizers, a Boon to Agriculture, Pose Growing Threat to U.S. Waterways

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Nitrogen-based fertilizers, which came into wide use after World War II, helped prompt the agricultural revolution that has allowed the Earth to feed its seven billion people.

But that revolution came at a cost: Artificial fertilizers, often applied in amounts beyond what crops need to grow, are carried in runoff from farmland into streams, lakes and the ocean. New research suggests that climate change will substantially increase this form of pollution, leading to more damaging algae blooms and dead zones in American coastal waters.

study published Thursday in Science concludes that eutrophication, excessive nutrient enrichment, is likely to increase in the continental United States as a result of the changes in precipitation patterns brought by climate change. Heavier rains caused by warmer temperatures will cause more agricultural runoff, sluicing more nutrients into rivers, lakes and oceans.

Amid California’s toxic dumps, local activists go it alone

Read the full story in High Country News.

Eastern Coachella Valley migrants like Barrera power a highly profitable agricultural region, but they live at the center of environmental ruin. Workers deal with an unrelenting list of health threats, from substandard housing to pesticide pollution, hazardous waste and water contamination. Promotoras have become increasingly involved in dealing with urgent local issues on this side of the border — the unending problems that endanger migrant communities. But in the Coachella Valley, the promotoras and their allies are starting to see their efforts bear fruit.

Protected under Obama, the sage grouse finds itself once again under threat

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

In a move that conservationists and oil and gas associations have been awaiting for months, the Department of the Interior published on Monday new recommendations for how the government should regulate land where greater sage grouse live. The recommendations walk back protections set for the bird in 2015.

Mapping Public Lands in the United States

The Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) is the official inventory of public parks and other protected areas in all U.S. states and territories.

The growing database contains more than three billion public land and marine acres managed by nearly 15,100 agencies and nongovernmental organizations,  covering 200,000 separate parks and protected areas. PAD-US is a product of Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Library (CSAS&L) in the USGS Core Science Systems Mission Area.