In the News
Insects a Top Water Quality Assessment Tool
Dr. John Jackson of the Stroud Water Research Center explained the importance of insects, especially mayflies, in evaluating water quality during an interview with Virginia Cody. Cody is a staff writer for The Times-Tribune who met up with Jackson at Riverside Park along the Susquehanna River to find out how the Center is determining whether the Procter & Gamble plant upstream might be impacting the health of the river.
To read the article, go to: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/buggy-river-shows-p-g-not-impacting-waterway-1.1184037#ixzz1eRzCGTHb
Center Provides Solid Science to Public and Policymakers
Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) have become a recent hot-button issue since the recent policy proposal that would give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers the ability to regulate pollutants discharged into streams. The agencies claim that without that authority, they can’t control the quality of drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Brian Bowling, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, interviewed debaters on both sides of the fence in his article “Small Streams, Big Impact: Agency Wants Oversight.” Dr. Lou Kaplan, a senior research scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center, provided an explanation of how changes to small headwater streams can add up.
Scientists Collect Climate Change Data From Irene Flooding
EarthSky was just one of many news media to report on the scientists from the Stroud Water Research Center and the University of Delaware who braved Hurricane Irene to collect floodwater. It was a rare opportunity for the scientists to learn more about climate change and water quality because, as Center scientist Dr. Anthony Aufdenkampe explained, a big storm event like Irene is a major player in the global cycling of greenhouse gases.
To read EarthSky’s article, go to: http://earthsky.org/earth/scientists-collect-climate-change-data-from-hurricane-irene
To read the press release and view photos, check out: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121487&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click