This Week in EPA Science

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It’s Earth Science Week—a week dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of earth sciences! Below are the latest contributions from EPA scientists studying the earth—and our place on it. Enjoy!

  • The Visualize Your Water Challenge Seeks Compelling Data Visualizations
    Nutrient pollution is one of the nation’s most difficult environmental challenges. EPA, USGS, ED, the Great Lakes Observing System, and Esri announced the “Visualize Your Water” Challenge. This Challenge seeks to engage the innovative spirit of high school students in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay watershed states to create compelling visualizations about nutrient pollution.

    Read more about the challenge at Esri’s Visualize Your Water Challenge page.

  • Green Infrastructure in Action
    EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, and USD 475 partnered to find a way to help Seitz Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kansas solve a parking dilemma and be environmentally friendly while doing so. The solution was the construction of a permeable parking lot, designed so rain water drains to a section of permeable interlocking concrete pavement, which looks like bricks, on the south end of the parking lot.

    Read more about the project in the article Permeable parking lot helps educate students at Seitz Elementary and learn more about EPA’s Green Infrastructure research.

  • Strategic Research Action Plans 2016-2019
    EPA’s overall research effort is organized around six highly integrated and transdisciplinary national research programs that are closely aligned with the EPA’s strategic goals and cross-agency strategies. Each program is guided by a Strategic Research Action Plan developed by EPA with input from its many internal and external partners and stakeholders.

    Read the Strategic Research Action Plans for 2016-2019.

  • EPA Researcher’s Article Published in American Water Works Association
    EPA’s Dr. Eugene Rice was published in the October issue of the journal American Water Works Association. His article, “Occurrence and Control of Tularemia in Drinking Water”, focused on tularemia (a severe infectious disease) acquired from contaminated drinking water and the adequacy of control measures for preventing waterborne transmission. Dr. Rice’s article was declared a milestone for the journal and the peer review was accomplished in a record 30 days.

    Read Dr. Rice’s article Occurrence and Control of Tularemia in Drinking Water.

Photo of the Week

Researchers look at fish in the field












EPA Research Biologist Joel Hoffman (right) works with University of Minnesota Training Agreement participant Michelle Gutsch (left) to sample fish from Lake Superior.

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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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