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April 11, 2013

ADEQ Announces Summer Workshop Schedule

This summer we will feature special workshops on pharmaceuticals and water quality, Arkansas history, language arts, and stormwater. Each of these topics fits into the curriculum of Project WET and has an overlying theme of watershed education.

Don’t wait! Sign-up for a workshop near you TODAY!

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Oklahoma tops in drive to curb water pollution
Muskogee Phoenix
Efforts to curb nonpoint source pollution in Oklahoma’s waterways outpaced those in all other states in 2012, according to data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Data show conservation efforts of landowners, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and its local districts resulted in a more than 2.44 million pound reduction of phosphorus entering state’s streams, rivers and lakes. Best management practices also reduced nitrogen loading by an estimated 2.7 million pounds and sedimentation by 10,000 tons.

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Researcher: Measuring microbes makes wetland health monitoring more affordable
Science Daily
Wetlands serve as Earth’s kidneys. They filter and clean people’s water supplies while serving as important habitat for many species, including iconic species like cattails, cranes and alligators. Conventional ecosystem health assessments have focused on populations of these larger species. However, the tiny, unseen creatures in the wetlands provided crucial indicators of the ecosystems’ health in a study by University of Missouri Associate Professor of Engineering Zhiqiang Hu and his team.

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Study: Weather, farm run-off created lake’s largest algae bloom
The Press
Changing agricultural practices and weather conditions are cited in a study as the likely causes of what is considered the largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie’s recorded history. And the study by researchers at the University of Michigan and eight other institutions describes the 2011 algae bloom as a harbinger of things to come rather than an isolated occurrence.

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Texas high plains prepare for agriculture without irrigation
Circle of Blue
Cotton farming in West Texas, among the nation’s driest regions, is possible only because there is water —millions of gallons from wells drilled into the Ogallala Aquifer, which runs from Texas to Nebraska. But Texas is one of the first in line for the economic and social reckoning that some of the world’s agricultural hotspots will face in the coming decades. California’s Central Valley, India’s Gangetic Plain, the North China Plain and
the Arabian Peninsula — all are key farming regions, and all are sucking out groundwater at unsustainable rates.

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