In The News

November 5, 2014-- (Reuters)

The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday.


November 5, 2014-- Silt water district freed from TABOR (Glenwood Post Independent)

The Silt Water Conservancy District was successfully “de-Bruced,” according to unofficial election results, with 1,943 voters in favor (58.5 percent) and 1,381 against. The approval will mean the district will be able to collect money for repair and replacement of irrigation equipment for Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs.


November 4, 2014--Annapolis, the city with the most nuisance flooding (Washington Post)

Maryland’s next governor, Republican businessman Larry Hogan or Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, will run the state from Annapolis, the city with the most nuisance flooding of any municipality on the Atlantic coast.


November 4, 2014--Groundwater patches play important role in forest health, water quality (Science Daily)

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 Virginia Tech, report in a leading scientific journal. The discovery provides insight into the health of a forest.


November 4, 2014--Inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water (Science Daily)

A University of Florida professor has developed a quick, cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world's most common pollutants: arsenic. Bin Gao's team used iron-enhanced carbon cooked from hickory chips, called biochar, to remove the toxin. He is an associate professor with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' in agricultural and biological engineering.