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Improving the EPA Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges (2019)

As part of its work under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees a permit program -- the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) -- that requires industries to manage onsite stormwater to minimize discharges of pollutants to the environment. Concerns about the effectiveness of efforts to date resulted in a settlement agreement between EPA, industry organizations, and environmental groups to review and improve certai... More >>

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Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges (2018)

Environmental engineers support the well-being of people and the planet in areas where the two intersect. Over the decades the field has improved countless lives through innovative systems for delivering water, treating waste, and preventing and remediating pollution in air, water, and soil. These achievements are a testament to the multidisciplinary, pragmatic, systems-oriented approach that characterizes environmenta... More >>

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Seventh Biennial Review - 2018 (2018)

Over the past two years, impressive progress has been made in planning new Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, and the vision for CERP water storage is now becoming clear. Construction and completion of authorized CERP projects will likely take several decades, and at this pace of restoration, it is even more imperative that agencies anticipate and design for the Everglades of the future. CERP agencies should conduct ... More >>

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 3 (2018)

The Edwards Aquifer in south-central Texas is the primary source of drinking water for over 2.3 million people in the San Antonio area, and it supplies irrigation water to thousands of farms in the watershed. The aquifer also feeds the two largest springs in Texas, Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs, which house several plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) and four other local entitie... More >>

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Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area (2018)

Increasing pressure from growing populations, climate change, extreme weather, and aging water-related infrastructure threaten water availability and quality in the United States and abroad. As a result, research to help inform decision-making related to the management and use of water resources will be of paramount importance in coming decades. The Water Mission Area (WMA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long-established reputatio... More >>

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