This Week in EPA Science

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Happy August! Need something to fill these long, lazy days of summer? Check out our Research Recap for the latest in EPA science!

It’s Clean Power Week!

This week, President Obama unveiled EPA’s Clean Power Plan—a historic step to cut the carbon pollution driving climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy listed the six key things every American should know about the plan in this EPA Connect blog.

Walking On Water

Cities have been paving over streams since the 19th century—confining them in pipes and burying them beneath fields, buildings, and parking lots—but scientists are only now learning of potential harms to water quality. In a paper published in PLOS ONE, EPA researchers Jake Beaulieu and Heather Golden found that nitrates—nutrients that can become pollutants—travel on average 18 times further in buried urban streams than they do in open streams, before they are taken out of the water column.

Read the full story in the article from City Lab The Hidden Health Dangers of Buried Urban Rivers.

Photo of the Week

EPA researcher collecting fish samples

An EPA scientist collects a fish sample to be analyzed for mercury for the Everglades Ecosystem Assessment.

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About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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