Create your own mini wildlife pond

Create your own mini wildlife pond

Turn your garden into an ideal watering spot for creatures great and small.

If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden you may have plenty of room for a substantial pond but you only need a small amount of ground space to build a mini pond which will still be hugely beneficial to wildlife and give you the reward of observing the comings and goings of the different creatures … [more…]

On-farm Treatment Options for Wastewater, Greywater and Fecal Sludge

illustration: workers in irrigated fields

Fecal contamination of urban and peri-urban water bodies is a major health issue in most low- and middle-income countries, where population growth exceeds the rate of development of wastewater or fecal sludge collection and treatment infrastructure. While the expansion of sewer systems and treatment capacity remain a high priority for municipal authorities, there are opportunities for applying low-cost, small-scale on-farm options for safe recovery of wastewater and fecal sludge for … [more…]

Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers say

photo: algal bloom? Warming drives spread of toxic algae in US, researchers say

SALEM, Oregon — The words blasted to cellphones around Oregon’s capital city were ominous:

“Civil emergency. prepare for action.” Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn’t impending violence but toxins from an algae bloom detected in Salem’s water supply.

Across the U.S., reservoirs that supply drinking water and lakes used for recreation are experiencing similar events with growing frequency. The trend represents another impact of … [more…]

Water and wetlands

Water and wetlands

Wynchnor Washland — part of Staffordshire WT’s Farming Floodplains For the Future project (credit Nick Mott)

Wetlands are vital part of our natural world – the lives of animals, plants and people depend on their health. Wetlands provide food, water, transport networks, help reduce the impacts of extreme weather events and are places of beauty and inspiration.

The Wildlife Trusts have been helping to lead wetland conservation in the UK … [more…]

EPA: Improvements to Keep Massachusetts Waters Clean

BOSTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a major step forward for Massachusetts’ water quality with improved stormwater management requirements as well as an array of training and implementation tools to assist municipalities with implementation.

The new permit (which EPA issued in 2016 but has not yet taken effect) will update stormwater management efforts across the state’s urbanized areas that will better protect rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and

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