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Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality

Decisions about how and where we build our communities have significant impacts on the natural environment and on human health. Cities, regions, states, and the private sector need information about the environmental effects of their land use and transportation decisions to mitigate growth-related environmental impacts and to improve community quality of life and human health. This report: Discusses the status of and trends in land use, development, and transportation and their environmental implications. Articulates the current understanding of the relationship between the built environment and the quality of air, water, land resources, habitat, and human health. Provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development. Read More

EPA Envirofacts

Envirofacts is a single point of access to select U.S. EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information. Read More


The mission of this Sustainability Research Network is to provide a logical, science- based framework for evaluating the environmental, economic, and social trade-offs between development of natural gas resources and protection of water and air resources and to convey the results of these evaluations to the public in a way that improves the development of policies and regulations governing natural gas and oil development. The goal is to find the balance between maximizing the development of natural gas and oil resources – for the benefits of short-term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from power generation and transportation, national energy independence, and national job growth – and minimizing damage to water and air resources and risks to human health. Read More

Water Quality Teaching Package

MSUEWQ Worked with Salish Kootenai College and the Northern Plains and Mountains Regional Water Program to Develop a water quality teaching package. The package provides materials to support a college level water quality course to enhance water science education capacity at tribal colleges. Read More

Maine's Interactive Field Guide to Aquatic Invaders and Their Native Look Alikes

An online resource for Maine’s common native and invasive aquatic plants and animals. Read More

Our Water: PowerPoint

Watershed and stewardship units, include lesson plans, model, service learning components. Nice example for other municipalities. POWERPOINT PRESENTATION: http://www.cleargeneseewater.org/assets/PhaseIIpowerpoint.ppt WEB PAGE: http://www.cleargeneseewater.org/teachers.html Read More

Our Water

Watershed and stewardship units, include lesson plans, model, service learning components, and PowerPoint presentation. Nice example for other municipalities. POWERPOINT PRESENTATION: http://www.cleargeneseewater.org/assets/PhaseIIpowerpoint.ppt WEB PAGE: http://www.cleargeneseewater.org/teachers.html Read More

Evaluation of the Chlorophyll/Fluorescence Sensor of the YSI Multiprobe: Comparison to an Acetone Extraction Procedure

The purpose of this study was to examine the suitability of the YSI model 6600 Environmental Monitoring System (multiprobe) for long term deployment at a site in Lewisville Lake, Texas. Specifically, agreement between a laboratory extraction procedure and the multiprobe chlorophyll/fluorescence readings was examined. Preliminary studies involved determining the best method for disrupting algal cells prior to analysis and examining the precision and linearity of the acetone extraction procedure. Cell disruption by mortar and pestle grinding was preferable to bath sonication. Comparison of the chlorophyll/fluorescence readings from the multiprobe and the extraction procedure indicated that they were significantly correlated but temperature dependent. Read More

Assessing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of MTBE and BTEX Compounds in Lake Lewisville, Texas February 1999 - February 2000

The spatial and temporal distribution of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) and BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes) compounds were assessed in a multipurpose reservoir, Lake Lewisville, Texas between February 1999 and February 2000. Concentrations of MTBE ranged from 0.0 – 16.7 mg/L. Levels of MTBE in the lake were related to watercraft. BTEX concentrations were never detected above 2.0 mg/L during the sampling period. Finished drinking water from Denton and the Upper Trinity Regional Water District (UTRWD) Treatment Plants were also tested for MTBE and BTEX. MTBE and BTEX were not detected in UTRWD water samples. Denton’s finished water samples never exceeded 2.2 mg/L for MTBE and BTEX was not detected except for one replicate of 1.1 mg/L toluene. Read More

Spatial analysis of Atrazine in the Elm Fork Watershed

This study assessed the water quality of the Elm Fork Watershed with regards to the herbicide Atrazine. Atrazine is a potential environmental endocrine disruptor and carcinogen. Overall, concentrations were lower than the four-quarter drinking water average of 3 µg/Lthe Maximum Contaminant Level set by the USEPA. However, three creek stations had four-quarter average concentrations greater than 3 µg/L, and virtually all samples exceeded the 0.1 µg/L standard set in Europe [1,2]. Statistically significant differences in concentrations were detected between the 27 sampling stations and areas of high concentrations were identified. However correlations between Atrazine concentrations and land-use and precipitation were not statistically significant. Further analysis with more detailed data should be conducted before any relationships are discarded Read More


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