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EPA Research: August 29, 2017

Research Across the Country to Address State Environmental Issues

EPA is working with partners to address priority environmental and human health problems in 14 states. The projects focus on non-point source nitrogen pollution, harmful algal blooms, roadway air pollution near schools, and other environmental and health issues across the country. Learn more.

Coast-to-Crest Monitoring Network – Data in Demand 

Forested watersheds in the Pacific Northwest are largely responsible for the region’s clean water, but they are vulnerable to threats such as diseases, wildfire, pests, and a changing climate. To better understand how forests respond to these threats, EPA has partnered with the US Forest Service to establish a network of monitoring sites in the Coast and Cascade Mountain Ranges of western Oregon. Each site is about a hectare in size and includes a forest and an adjacent open area. Scientists measure meteorological data at each site including air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, and soil temperature and moisture. Measurements are also taken on trees to measure seasonal and annual growth. Read the full story here. 

Green Infrastructure in Fort Riley, Kansas

EPA is working with the U.S. Army, the Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas Unified School District 475, and others to install and evaluate a permeable parking lot at an elementary school in Fort Riley, Kansas. This permeable parking lot is made with porous material (unlike traditional pavement) so that stormwater can soak through into the soil. Researchers are gathering data from this project that will help improve permeable pavement technology. The project is also improving the community’s environment, teaching students about water quality, and providing local governments with more information to help protect their waterways. Learn more.