Mycofiltration for Urban Storm Water Treatment Receives EPA Research and Development Funding

April 4, 2012, www.fungi.com | “Researchers at Fungi Perfecti will collaborate with environmental engineers at Washington State University to develop a bacteria-eating filter to remove E. coli from storm water.”

Maribou Latour shared a link.
“Great News! A recent Small Business Innovative Research award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will foster the development of a novel technology for removing bacteria from storm water runoff. Termed mycofiltration, this approach uses the web-like tissue of mushroom-forming fungi to capture and degrade environmental pollutants before they can reach sensitive water bodies. In collaboration with a research team led by Dr. Marc Beutel at Washington State University, Fungi Perfecti’s research effort will help address the leading cause of critically impaired waters nationwide – bacteria.”
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Sampling the Pacific for Signs of Fukushima

April 2, 2012, www.whoi.edu | “An international research team is reporting the results of a research cruise they organized to study the amount, spread, and impacts of radiation released into the ocean from the tsunami-crippled reactors in Fukushima, Japan.”

 

“~ Fukushima Radiation Dispersal by Ocean Currents Lowers Concentrations to Below Danger Levels, may take a year or two to cross the Pacific. “Levels . . . ranged from below detection level to levels that, while elevated, remained within standards set for human consumption.”
Here’s the recently published research paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/26/1120794109.full.pdf+html?sid=72f048d5-5cdd-44cf-8dc8-a76c005518ee
Sampling the Pacific for Signs of Fukushima : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

EPA and LA Water Board Set Strict New Pollution Reduction Plans for 175 Waterways in Los Angeles Area

March 27, 2012, www.yosemite.epa.gov | LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board today announced the latest in a series of pollution reduction plans designed to restore 175 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The pollution targets set by these plans will improve water quality, restore ecosystems, and protect the public by eliminating beach closures due to bacteria and improving the health of fish used for consumption.

“EPA and our partners have achieved a breakthrough on the path toward restoring the health of Los Angeles’ creeks, streams, and beaches,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “These precious natural resources lay at the heart of what makes the Golden State shine.”

 

“~ “Total Maximum Daily Loads” have been established for each of 47 different kinds of pollutants, including elevated bacteria, metals, pesticides, PCBs and trash.”
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EPA and LA Water Board Set Strict New Pollution Reduction Plans for 175 Waterways in Los Angeles, CA
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LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board today announced the latest in a series of pollution reduction plans designed to restore 175 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The pollution targets set by these plans will …
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Columbia N.H. Sand and Gravel Facility Faces Fine for Discharging Polluted Water

March 27, 2012, www.yosemite.epa.gov | Boston, Mass – CSG Holdings, Inc. of Columbia, N.H. faces a possible fine of up to $532,500 from EPA for allowing polluted stormwater and process water from its Columbia facility to flow into nearby waters, in violation of the Clean Water Act.  CSG Holdings is the former operator of Columbia Sand and Gravel, a mining facility on the banks of the Connecticut River.

According to allegations in the complaint, CSG Holdings discharged process waste waters and stormwater from the facility without proper permits and violated the federal Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations by failing to prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan. The recent complaint against CSG Holdings states that the violations were discovered by EPA’s New England office in 2010.

“~ EPA charges Gravel Mining operation on Connecticut River with pollution violations, fine of up to $532,500.”
Columbia N.H. Sand and Gravel Facility Faces Fine for Discharging Polluted Water
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(Boston, Mass. – March 27, 2012) – CSG Holdings, Inc. of Columbia, N.H. faces a possible fine of up to $532,500 from EPA for allowing polluted stormwater and process water from its Columbia facility to flow into nearby waters, in violation of the Clean Water Act. CSG Holdings is the former operator…
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UN’s World Water Day 2012

~ “It’s official: the UN’s WORLD WATER DAY 2012 was the BIGGEST EVER, thanks to you!”
Here’s 54 pages of EVENTS all around the world, http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/events/events-list/en/?page=1&ipp=20, Shown on this MAP, 54 pages of events, http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/events/events-list/en/?page=1&ipp=20, with PHOTOS at http://www.flickr.com/groups/wwd2012events/pool/with/6861898198/
FOLLOW as this continues throughout the year on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/UNWorldWaterDay
World Water Day 2012
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Students & the ‘Nature Bodies’ organization at the Gol Bazaar Square, India during the World Water Day 2012
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