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EPA Research: March 28, 2017

EPA Researchers Combat Terrorism and Natural Disasters with Science

Resilience to natural or man-made disasters requires scientific information to support good decisions. EPA's Homeland Security Research Program provides science and technology needed to rapidly and effectively respond to environmental catastrophes. Learn more about their work

Innovation in Government

EPA and other federal agencies are tasked with finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing and complicated problems. These problems require innovative solutions, which EPA supports through the use of crowdsourcing, citizen science, and public engagement. Two of these efforts have advanced to the semifinalist stage of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards presented by the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The award recognizes and promotes excellence and creativity in the public sector.

Blue-green Algae Detection Project in Ohio River

EPA researchers Dr. James Lazorchak and Dr. Joel Allen are working with Thomas More College and Northern Kentucky University on a blue-green algae detection project. The team set up a wireless camera on the banks of the Ohio River, where it will take a picture each hour and transmit it to a website where the pixels are examined to determine the ratio of green to blue-green algae. Learn more about the project in the article Ohio River research underway at TMC Biology Field Station to determine amount of harmful algae in water.

The Unsinkable Fish

EPA biologist Dianne Nacci was interviewed by CBC’s As It Happens about her recent research showing killifish adaptations to polluted water. Dr. Nacci co-authored the study which found that over just a few decades, distinct populations of killifish independently developed similar genetic adaptations that make life possible in the most unlikely environments. Check out the study published in Science.