Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Get practical, comprehensive information on watershed restoration techniques with the Center’s Urban Subwatershed Restoration Manual series. Together, the USRM manuals introduce an integrated framework for urban watershed restoration, outline effective techniques for assessing urban watersheds, and provide a comprehensive review of watershed restoration techniques.
Center for Watershed Protection to order/view
Monday, December 17, 2007
Stormwater is rain and snow melt that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. Stormwater carries sediment, oil, grease, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other pollutants into storm drains and then, untreated, into nearby waterbodies. Because most stormwater drainage systems provide no treatment, preventing contamination of stormwater is crucial to ensure that pollutants do not enter waterways. Improperly managed stormwater runoff is also a leading cause of flooding, which can lead to property damage, cause road safety hazards, and clog catch basins and culverts with sediment and debris.
The federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Endangered Species Act direct the City to improve stormwater quality and protect watersheds, rivers, streams and drinking water resources. The Bureau of Environmental Services coordinates the citywide response to the federal stormwater permit that requires the City to reduce stormwater pollution, and oversees other programs that respond to water quality requirements.
Read stormwater management
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
There could hardly have been better timing for a new report on the huge problems for the Sound caused by runoff from streets, roofs and the land. The runoff carries most of the worst pollutants plaguing Puget Sound.
The study, released Friday, is the start of attempts to systematically assess the sources of pollution that threaten the Sound's ecosystems for orcas, fish and people. It found that lands developed for residential, commercial and industrial use contribute to the bulk of lead, cadmium, oil and some other prime pollutants.
The report said, "Developed lands contributed the majority of several toxic chemicals to Puget Sound (i.e., cadmium, lead, zinc, nonylphenol, and oil and petroleum products)." But agricultural and forest lands also create problems. Air pollution also contributes some of the toxics.
Protecting Inland Waters
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This page is designed to provide updates and background information regarding the scope of "Waters of the United States" protected under the Clean Water Act.
EPA and the Corps of Engineers have jointly issued a legal memorandum that interprets the June 19, 2006 Supreme Court decision in the consolidated cases Rapanos v. U.S. and Carabell v. U.S. (known as the "Rapanos" decision). The guidance is being released to Corps of Engineers and EPA field offices to ensure nationwide predictability, reliability, and consistency in identifying wetlands, streams and rivers subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA/Corps guidance reflects the agencies’ intent to provide maximum protection for the Nation's aquatic resources under the CWA as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Rapanos. To ensure such decisions are made in a timely manner, the agencies have released concurrently with the guidance a Memorandum of Agreement laying out a process with specific short timeframes, when necessary, for reaching interagency agreements on jurisdictional calls. In addition, a series of questions and answers provides additional information.
Comments can be submitted to docket EPA-HQ-OW-2007-0282 through www.regulations.gov.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Operation Climate Vote - Tell the House to Act on Global Warming
We've had a historic breakthrough on Capitol Hill! The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee just passed the Climate Security Act. This bi-partisan bill would cap America's global warming pollution.
Now, it's time for the House to act.
Time is running out to solve the global warming crisis. Waiting just two years to pass national climate legislation would double the rate at which the U.S. will need to cut emissions
Take action today. Urge your Representative to call on House leaders to make global warming a top priority.
Learn more about why Congress must act now.
"The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return."
-- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Welcome to the homepage for the The Iowa Daily Erosion Project. Our project is a collaboration of scientists at Iowa State University, National Soil Erosion Research Lab, The National Soil Tilth Lab, and The University of Iowa. Our aim is to produce daily estimates of rainfall, runoff, and soil erosion for the state of Iowa. Our work is sponsored by Department of Agronomy's Path to the Future endowment.
Visit their erosion site
If you know of other sites similar to this, please contact us & receive a free subscription for your efforts.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It is known to produce greater biomass and 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of comparable size, while improving watersheds, preventing erosion, restoring soil, providing sweet edible shoots and removing toxins from contaminated soil. Ecologists tout bamboo as a renewable source of food and building material. Many promote bamboo planting for erosion prevention, and even to reverse the effects of global warming.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Each month we strive to promote a different erosion web site be-it a product, agency or any one of these categories
If you have a suggestion or idea,or you would like to submit your site to be featured (@$0.00), please contact us and you will be re-paid with a free 6 month subscription if your reccommendation is facilited
Friday, November 9, 2007
We added this new series of erosion photographs to your photo gallery of erosion
Read Experts assess slide risk after fire
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
These two issues are inter-related and depend on the other
Phytoremediation cleans-up the runoff residue trapped by silt fences and detention ponds
If you wish to share your experience(s) , please do so trough our contact page
Monday, November 5, 2007
If you have any recommendations, please forward them via our contact link
5% of all Google Adsense &10% of all subscription money will be earmarked as a donation to each school recommended, payable on a quarterly basis in the name of the student and his/her teacher
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The winter brought rain, floods and uncontrolled hillside erosion continuing the misery.
I can't do anything from Bend, Oregon but by opening our growing database of erosion related items to those caught in Mother Nature's grip to any victims, free of cost and obligation, I can do something through my website
Send an e-mail verifying your loss and we'll send a link to access our database
In the meantime, visit our landslides/mudslides page listed in the Resources column
I only wish all a speedy recovery
Monday, October 22, 2007
list of erosion sites
Click below to view the link or if you wish to add to this list
Earth Cell Module
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Meetings & Agendas (when available)
Click here to your website's offerings on this topic
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues,in a single site:
Friday, September 28, 2007
Today (Sept 28,2007) we added a link on your FAQ for Parking Lot water run-off to answer these questions-and more
These questions and answers should be part of any town or city ordinance concerned with the quality of and protection for their environment
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
New topics are incorporated as they evolve (e.g., Nanotechnology, Natural disaster Effects and Management, ...
33 new erosion control and nanotechnology websites were added to www.erosioncontrolforum.com
Nanotechnology is modernizing the way we stabilize soils and aggregates in ...
a revolutionary use of nanotechnology for dust suppression, soil stabilization, erosion control and re-vegetation for burn area rehabilitation, ...
Various opportunities have been identified by Sequoia Pacific through the pioneering research and development of nano chemical products with applications for solving environmental problems.
If you want to add your site to this directory, simply subscribe and send us the information
A reciprocal link would be appreciated
Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Cill Ide Native Plant
Monday, August 6, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This new process creates a user friendly environment and options for a 1-2-3-etc month subscription
All you do is notify us when to cancel the subscription
With a paid subscription (via PayPal) , the cart offers a free three day trial subscription.
Then the subscription is automatically billed out every 30 days for $9.99
New sites are added monthly to your database and will be found on the "Up-dates" page
If your site is not presently offered, or you have a suggestion for a site, notify us by e-mail with its information and the desired category, and the site will be listed with the next up-date
Please visit "http://www.erosioncontrolforum.com/link_to_us.html" to view this requirement
Saturday, June 23, 2007
(Conservation Currents, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Feb 2004)
Polluted soil poses a severe problem for both ecosystem health and land development. Because soil lies at the confluence of many natural systems, soil pollution can be spread to other parts of the natural environment. Groundwater, for instance, percolates through the soil and can carry the soil pollutants into streams, rivers, wells and drinking water. Erosion can create the same problem. Plants growing on polluted soil may contain harmful levels of pollutants themselves, and this can be passed on to the animals and people that eat them. Dust blown from polluted soil can be inhaled directly by passersby. Additionally, in an urban setting such as Fairfax County, polluted soil makes valuable open land unusable for parks, recreation or commercial development.
Despite the benefits of cleaning polluted soil, remediation often never takes place because of the cost and effort of the work. Both soil minerals and soil pollutants carry small electric charges that can cause each to bond with each other, thus making polluted soil very hard to clean. Additionally, soil is a dense medium. This causes excavation of polluted soil for off site treatment or disposal to be very expensive because of the time, labor and heavy machinery necessary to do the job. Therefore, cheaper on-site, or in-situ, remediation techniques have been the focus of much attention and research lately. One of the most interesting and promising of these in-situ techniques is phytoremediation.Phytoremediation is the use of specialized plants to clean up polluted soil. While most plants exposed to high levels of soil toxins will be injured or die, scientists have discovered that certain plants are resistant, and an even smaller...
For more information about phytoremediation
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Published on a quarterly basis, Journal of Hydro-environment Research aims to provide an international platform for the dissemination of research and engineering applications related to water and hydraulic problems in the Asia-Pacific region.
The journal welcomes papers on all topics of hydraulics, in particular articles on sustainable water management, water-health issues, environmental hydraulics, eco-hydraulics, coastal engineering and integration of hydraulics with hydrology. Inter-disciplinary problems and linkage of theory to field application are particularly encouraged.
The full text of the "Aims and Scope" as well as information on the editorial board can be found on the journal homepage.
You can register to receive updates on this new journal and an alert when the first issue is live on ScienceDirect (Volume 1: Issue 1 will have free online access). At the same time you can enter into a draw to win one year's free print subscription to Journal of Hydro-environment Research.
Please do not hesitate to contact the editors or me should you desire additional information about the journal and Elsevier, or if you have any suggestions or ideas for Journal of Hydro-environment Research.
Dr. Christiane Barranguet
Publisher Journal of Hydro-environment Research
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This e-mail is to update you on (1) new ways you can get the final
Central Oregon Stormwater Manual and (2) the third Stakeholder Workshop
and Manual Training.
How to get the Manual
The full final Manual is now available for download from the COIC
website: http://www.coic.org/stormwater. A Revision Suggestion Form has
also been placed on the webpage so that users and readers can start to
suggest revisions for the next round of updates (currently scheduled for
If you would like to purchase a hardcopy of the Manual, COIC is now
accepting orders. A color hardcopy in a binder will cost $40. Please
contact Kelly Elzner to let her know you would like one and to arrange
payment at: KElzner@coic.org or (541) 548-9544. Hardcopies will be
available by June 29, the day of the third Stakeholder Workshop. If you
would like to order a hardcopy but will not be attending the Workshop
then alternate arrangements can be made for pick-up.
Third Stakeholder Workshop and Manual Training
The third workshop and training is scheduled for June 29, 2007. We
have already received 46 pre-registrations and have started to put later
registrants on a wait list for the workshop. As a result, we've been
working on additional space and it is very likely that anyone placed on
the wait list will indeed be able to attend the workshop. So if you
want to attend don't let the wait list deter you and please contact
Kelly Elzner to register soon: KElzner@coic.org or (541) 548-9544.
Those on the wait list will be notified definitively on Friday June 22
whether there is space for them to attend or not.
For more information about the workshop please visit
Thanks for your interest in the Central Oregon Stormwater Manual and
please feel free to contact me about the Manual, workshop, or other
aspects of the project.
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
2363 SW Glacier Place
Redmond, OR 97756
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
It's important to stress how this mining operation would affect us all. Some of you may live near the site, as we do. Many of us make frequent use of the Farmington Canal trail (my wife is out there twice a day). Certainly we all drive on Whitney Avenue regularly! And, almost all of us use the public water supply. We should not have to worry about noise and dust in our backyards, dangerous trucks crowding our streets, possible contamination of our water, and definite destruction of our town's natural resources and wetland habitat. It's time to put a stop to this proposed operation once and for all!
Again, thank you for all your work so far. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening and joining our voices in protest.
* The Mount Carmel Environmental Trust was recently formed to protect and preserve the quality of life in the Mt. Carmel section of Hamden, CT
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Central Oregon Stormwater Committee is pleased to announce the release of the final Central Oregon Stormwater Manual. At this time, the Committee would also like to invite you to participate in the third and final public and stakeholder Manual workshop on June 29, 2007. The emphasis of this workshop will be hands-on application of the design guidance in the Manual.
Central Oregon Stormwater Manual Released
The final Manual is available for download from www.otak.com/COICStormwater and will soon also be available at www.coic.org/stormwater. The Committee received numerous valuable comments from stakeholders between April 2 and May 1, 2007. A summary of changes made to the draft Manual as a result of stakeholder comments is available at the COIC Stormwater webpage address above.
Cities and Counties Move Towards Adoption and Use of Manual
Next the cities and counties that participated in development of the Central Oregon Stormwater Manual will decide how they plan to use it. The Cities of Redmond and Bend will consider adoption of the Manual in early summer. Other participating jurisdictions will decide whether to consider adoption as well or to recommend use of the Manual as guidance for design and construction of stormwater facilities.
Third Stakeholder Workshop and Manual Training
The third stakeholder workshop will be held on June 29, 2007 from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Redmond Fire Hall. The workshop will feature hands-on application of the Manual to two example projects. The workshop will also include a Manual overview, City and County reports on how they intend to adopt and/or use the Manual, and an update on the future of the DEQ UIC program. Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you plan to attend the workshop you must register with Kelly Elzner at COIC and send a $25 check for the workshop and lunch: KElzner@coic.org or (541) 549-9544.
For more information about the Manual project please visit www.coic.org/stormwater or contact Phil Chang, COIC Program Coordinator, at (541) 548-9534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
2363 SW Glacier Place
Redmond, OR 97756