Day: August 31, 2021

Getting the lead out? New state law requires water suppliers to submit plans to remove lead service lines

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

State Sen. Melinda Bush, a lead sponsor of the legislation, said the lines are a “health threat that not only costs us billions of dollars, but poisons our children and undermines our residents’ confidence” in their water supply.

Court tosses Trump water pollution rule but still weighing restoration of Obama rule

Read the full story at The Hill.

A federal judge on Monday tossed out a Trump-era rule that rolled back water pollution protections but is still weighing whether to restore Obama-era protections or simply undo the Trump rollback to return to pre-Obama regulations.

Restoring farmland ponds can help save our declining pollinators

Read the full story from University College London.

Pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and wasps, interact more with plants at well-managed farmland ponds than those that are severely overgrown by trees, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

The missing piece of new biodiversity goals? Managed landscapes

Read the full story at Landscape News.

Scientists and policymakers stress importance of targeting agricultural landscapes in Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

From pesticides to organic farming, how one farm made the switch

Read the full story in the Daily Record.

For nearly 90 years Woodlyn Acres Farm used non-organic fertilizers and pesticides on its crops.

That all changed three years ago when third-generation farmer Scott Myers and his father made the switch to organic farming, which uses no genetically engineered seeds or feed, or synthetic fertilizers, according to the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

Smartphone cameras offer smallholder farmers promising new access to soil health knowledge

Read the full story from the African Plant Nutrition Institute.

The lack of adequate access to effective soil fertility testing in India, and much of the subtropical and tropical world, has led a group of scientists to explore how a smartphone camera might be transformed into a powerful and readily available alternative. Recently published in the Elsevier journal Biosystems Engineering, the research team describes important advances in the area of image-based soil organic matter (SOM) assessment and how it can streamline the process of evaluating soil fertility.

West Virginia startup turns coal mines into lavender farms and wellness products

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Former strip mines aren’t the first place you think of when it comes to sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, or the wellness industry. But a project in southwestern West Virginia is looking to change that. Called Appalachian Botanical Company, the company is growing lavender and raising bees on a former mining site, and then turning its harvests into essential oils, body creams, and other value-added products. 

Review of Models for Evaluating Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Land Applied Residuals and Biosolids: An Assessment of Fate and Transport Models for Groundwater Leaching, Surface Water Runoff, and Plant Uptake

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This report reviews available fate and transport models for the three primary migration pathways for PFAS in land-applied residuals: leaching to groundwater, surface water runoff, and plant uptake. Numerous models are available, but only a few are likely to be applicable to PFAS and able to account for their unique and diverse physicochemical characteristics. This review is intended to assist policy makers, regulators, and industry in their consideration of fate and transport models to apply when evaluating potential effects of PFAS in land-applied residuals and establishing appropriate screening values for PFAS in such residuals.

People keep moving to the worst places for climate risk

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Lots of people are flocking to Arizona, Florida, and Texas—but no one is moving to Duluth, Minnesota.

Biden wants to rebuild quickly, but infrastructure bill may bulldoze underprivileged voices

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

For months, President Biden vowed to put combating environmental racism at the core of his plan to fight climate change. Cleaning up the air and water in poor and minority communities that often bear the brunt of pollution represents “a real chance to root out systemic racism,” he said in his first address to Congress.

Now on the cusp of his first major legislative victory, a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan plan to rebuild the nation’s aging public works, some are warning that the bill as written may undermine Biden’s promise to African Americans and other groups who helped him reach the White House.

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