Tag: wetlands

A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to the unique hydric soil. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.

Regulatory Impact

Regulatory Impact

Every landfill is subject to federal, state, and local regulations. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act covers a set of laws, regulations, and Environmental Protection Agency policy to protect communities and conserve resources. Congress granted the EPA authority to develop regulations and policies to ensure safe management of solid waste,

The $10 Million Phosphorus Race

The $10 Million Phosphorus Race

In the 1963 movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World, a group of strangers competed to find $350,000 of stolen, buried cash. Today, that amount sounds much less impressive than it used to, but a much different group is racing to win $10 million by solving a persistent water-quality problem:

The Birds, the Bees, and the Lawsuit

The Birds, the Bees, and the Lawsuit

Two projects in different parts of the country are highlighting the potential conflict between the needs of the people and the needs of wildlife. Both illustrate, in different ways, the tricky juggling act agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers must perform to balance diverse—sometimes incompatible—priorities as they manage

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

Although mankind and nature can seem to be at odds with each other, sometimes human intervention is needed to protect and maintain the beauty and utility of the natural world—and human inventions can help keep new development sustainable.

A Grim Reminder, With a Better Ending

A Grim Reminder, With a Better Ending

By now you’ve probably seen or read reports about the 13-year-old boy in Los Angeles who, on Easter Sunday, fell into a sewer pipe. He was carried downstream and rescued—13 hours and three-quarters of a mile later—alive and unharmed.

The boy, Jesse Hernandez, was lucky, and so were the many rescue

Stormwater Filtration Systems

Stormwater Filtration Systems

In recent years, the focus on stormwater mitigation in Surfside Beach, SC, has been on water quality, notes John Adair, public works director.

“The topography along the coast is very flat, so getting the water to go toward the ocean is always a challenge because you might only have very slight

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