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.

EPA Awards $2.1 Million for California Wetlands and Streams

EPA Awards $2.1 Million for California Wetlands and Streams

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to protect and restore wetlands and streams across California. Supporting these aquatic resources can improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, flood protection, and recreational opportunities.

“Healthy wetlands and streams are key to the vitality

One-Fifth of the World’s Freshwater

One-Fifth of the World’s Freshwater

The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, and they’re in trouble. Besieged by polluted runoff from cities and farmlands that have caused toxic algae blooms, invaded by foreign species from lampreys to Asian carp, and losing thousands of acres of vital adjacent wetlands to agriculture, they

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

Erosion Control for Construction Projects

Every type of construction project—building, road, bridge—involves erosion control. As soon as removal of an existing structure starts or a shovel turns over grass to expose the soil beneath, the need for erosion control begins.

State Water Board Adopts Order on Long-Term Management of Salton Sea

State Water Board Adopts Order on Long-Term Management of Salton Sea

The State Water Resources Control Board today accepted a landmark agreement that defines the state’s commitment to restore and manage the Salton Sea to protect public health and critical Pacific flyway habitat.

Today’s action also outlines the board’s oversight role in monitoring and ensuring progress toward the goals of the Salton

Shoreline Protection That Lasts

Shoreline Protection That Lasts

The coastal environment constantly ebbs, flows, and shifts. Its dynamic, ever-changing properties provide one of the most habitat-rich ecosystems on the planet and a critical buffer between the ocean and mainland. Frequently, the coast also experiences conflicting human and natural processes; the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science notes that

Keeping Soil Onsite

Keeping Soil Onsite

Every type of construction project—building, road, bridge—involves erosion control. As soon as removal of an existing structure starts or a shovel turns over grass to expose the soil beneath, the need for erosion control begins.

Shoreline Innovations

Shoreline Innovations

The coastal environment constantly ebbs, flows, and shifts. Its dynamic, ever-changing properties provide one of the most habitat-rich ecosystems on the planet and a critical buffer between the ocean and mainland. Frequently, the coast also experiences conflicting human and natural processes; the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science notes that

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.

Transforming Springfield’s Mill Race Into a Community Asset

Transforming Springfield’s Mill Race Into a Community Asset

The Mill Race Stormwater Facility, one of the largest regional water quality treatment ponds in the city of Springfield, OR, includes a vegetated drainage swale, trailhead, and a multi-use path enhancing the historic Mill Race for recreational values and wildlife habitat. The project included the involvement of multi-disciplinary local agencies

Bacteria Violations

Bacteria Violations

Problems with the current fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) have led to the situation where some stormwater discharges are meeting water quality bacteria criteria at the discharge point, but are leading to instream violations of the criteria below the discharge point. New stormwater discharges are pushing reservoirs of bacteria from forested

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