Army Corps of Engineers plans $275 million in defenses to block Asian carp from reaching Great Lakes

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Underwater noise and powerful water jets are among the $275 million worth of new defenses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes building at an Illinois navigation lock on the Des Plaines River to prevent invasive Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes. After several months …

Southern Environmental Law Center Calls for Submissions for Phil Reed Environmental Writing Awards

The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. Nominations are welcome from anyone, including readers, authors, and publishers. Presented each year during the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Reed Awards recognize outstanding writing on the southern environment in two categories: Book, for works of nonfiction (not self-published) …

What it takes to recover from drought

Read the full story at Phys.org. Drought-stricken areas anxiously await the arrival of rain. Full recovery of the ecosystem, however, can extend long past the first rain drops on thirsty ground. According to a study published August 10 in Nature, the length of drought recovery depends on several factors, including the region of the world and the post-drought …

New California law gives air quality officials the power to quickly shut down polluters

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. Local air quality officials are gaining new powers to quickly stop polluters when they endanger people’s health under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, follows years of frustration in communities such as Paramount, Boyle Heights and Maywood — …

Distributed wind power keeps spinning, growing

Read the full story from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Both businesses and homeowners are increasingly using distributed wind power thanks to innovative business models and other trends, according to a new report released today. The 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report offers the fifth annual analysis of distributed wind power, which largely involves generating wind power near where it …

DC: Nonprofit installs solar panels on roofs of lower-income households — free

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Decked out in green hard hats, yellow T-shirts, and harnesses, the trainees were supervised by members of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, the regional branch of a national nonprofit group that helps implement solar power for low- to moderate-income families free. The trainees are part of the summer cohort of …

Webinar: EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse

August 14, 2017 -- 1-2 pm CDT August 18, 2017 -- 1-2 pm CDT August 24, 2017 -- 1-2 pm CDT August 31, 2017 -- 1-2 pm CDT Register for any of these identical sessions at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4533646364837520386 Learn how to navigate EPA’s Water Finance Clearinghouse, an easily navigable web-based portal, to help communities locate information and …