Tag Archives: Water Quality

U.S. Student Wins International SJWP Competition for Renewable Heavy Metals Removal

September 30, 2015

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Perry Alagappan wanted to permanently remove heavy metal contamination from water. Because many heavy metal filters are nonrenewable, contaminants are released back into the environment when the filters are thrown away. So, the 18-year-old student from Houston created a solution that relies on a renewable filter. On Aug. 25, this solution earned Alagappan the 2015 […]

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Floating into Uncharted Territory

September 29, 2015

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Scientists at the NUS Environmental Research Institute (NERI) in Singapore are conducting water quality research on the Pandan Reservoir using New Smart Water Assessment Network (NUSwan) technology. Photo courtesy of the National University of Singapore.

Singapore researchers create smart water-quality monitoring technology using robotic swans  A variant on the old saying, “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck — then it must be a duck,” may not hold true on the Pandan Reservoir in Singapore. In this reservoir, “If it looks like […]

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Throwing Massive Shade on the Los Angeles Reservoir

September 23, 2015

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The Los Angeles Reservoir needed some shade, so the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) released 96 million, 102-mm (4-in.), black plastic balls — nicknamed shade balls — into the water. By blocking sunlight from much of the 70.8-ha (175-ac) reservoir, the shade balls are helping LADWP comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Great Water Cities Panelist Felicia Marcus Shares California’s Perspective on the Future of Water Management

August 31, 2015

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Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State Water Resources Control Board, joins a panel for the WEFTEC® 2015 session, “The Impact of Leadership: Culture, Communication, and Community in Great Water Cities.” On Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, attendees can hear Marcus and other water leaders share lessons learned in […]

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The Next Big Thing in Recycling?

August 26, 2015

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Rich Earth Institute tests human urine as a fertilizer for plants such as hay and lettuce at a farm near Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo courtesy of Marcin Szczepanski, senior multimedia producer at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering.

University of Michigan sponsors its first urine drive   On any given day, it’s not uncommon to find students at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) out on campus raising awareness for one good cause or another. Until recently, however, their efforts almost never involved porta-potties. That changed on April 1 when researchers from the […]

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Texas Student Wins 2015 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize for Removing Heavy Metals from Water

July 16, 2015

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From left, the 2015 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner Perry Alagappan presents his project to judges Donna Vincent Roa, Marlee Franzen, and Anisha Patel. Photo courtesy of AOB Photo.

On June 20, Perry Alagappan from Houston, Texas, stepped onto a stage to receive the 2015 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). Alagappan earned the prestigious water-research prize, which includes $10,000 and a trip to Stockholm to represent the U.S. at the international SJWP competition in August, for his project, “Novel Renewable Filter for Heavy […]

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WEF Celebrates Spring with Community Service and Commuter Challenge

June 30, 2015

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Every spring in celebration of Earth Day and World Water Day, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF; Alexandria) staff volunteer environmental group, WEFEco, reaches out to the local community. This year, WEF participated in both an Earth Day event and the Commuter Challenge in Alexandria, Va. Reaching out to the community On April 25, staff volunteer […]

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Ammonia Criteria Implementation Workshop Findings Released

June 12, 2015

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In April, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (Washington, D.C.), released the executive summary of an October 2014 ammonia criteria implementation workshop. The organizations convened the workshop to identify data and information gaps […]

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