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Groundwater Patches Play Important Role in Forest Health, Water Quality


Even during summer dry spells, some isolated patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

These patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere, researchers from several institutions, including…[read further]

Virginia Tech


Home in the Business Park


Raptors won’t live in urban business parks with vast expanses of grass and parking lots. Research in St. Louis just completed by the University of Missouri shows that adding certain trees and tall grass will attract this wildlife.

Charles…[read further]

By Randy Mertens


National Water-Use at Lowest Levels Since Before 1970


Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010.

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US Geological Survey


Little Evidence Conservation Organizations Respond to Economic Signals


A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study finds that nonprofit organizations aiming to protect biodiversity show little evidence of responding to economic signals, which could limit the effectiveness of future conservation efforts.

The study is published this week in the academic…[read further]

University of Tennessee at Knoxville


Protect Bulbs From Pesky Critters


As the weather begins to cool down, homeowners may notice the squirrels and other rodents in their yards are gathering food before winter sets in. Unfortunately, some of these yard dwellers may think a gardener’s freshly planted bulbs will be…[read further]

By Trisha Gedon, Oklahoma State University


Pharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web


Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Baylor University study finds. These research findings, published by Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management is…[read further]

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

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