This Week in EPA Science

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Are your days starting to feel shorter? Not enough daylight to get everything done? Then Research Recap is perfect for you—just a quick review of the latest in EPA science, and then you can back to that to-do list!

  • Science Bite
    The Science Bite podcast series describes the role EPA plays in advancing scientific research. The latest podcast features local elementary school students building particulate matter sensors with the help of EPA’s STEM outreach student contractor, Alexandra Ross.

    Listen to the podcast You be the Scientist! Hands-on Environmental Education.

  • New Village Green Bench
    This week the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality installed the newest Village Green station at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. The park bench is equipped with air quality monitoring computers and weather instruments that report up-to-the minute concentrations of air pollutants in the ambient air at the park. Data collected is available on a display near the bench and can be streamed online.

    Read more about the Village Green Project.

  • Packing it Out
    In September, EPA research scientist Peter Beedlow and two of his colleagues hiked over twenty miles on horseback and foot to retrieve a decommissioned weather research station from the face of Collier Glacier in the Three Sisters Wilderness area of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest.

    Read about the trek in Peter’s blog Packing it Out.

  • EPA Research Paper Highlighted in Eos magazine
    The journal article Controls on nitrous oxide production and consumption in reservoirs of the Ohio River Basin by EPA’s Jake Beaulieu and Chris Nietch, was recently featured in Eos, the magazine of the American Geophysical Union. EPA collaborated with the US Army Corps of Engineers to examine samples from 20 reservoirs in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana for nitrous oxide production and the conditions that drive it.

    Read the article Reservoirs Act as a Source for Greenhouse Gases.

Photo of the Week

 A team of researchers stands around their new device in action

Detain H2O –EPA’s Dr. James Goodrich and his team developed the Detain H2O retrofit device—a low-cost technology designed to control the rate of stormwater flow, thereby reducing erosion and protecting downstream water, transportation, and electrical infrastructure, as well as aquatic habitat. The team is currently studying the capability of the device to improve water quality.

From Left to Right: Rajib Sinha (CB&I Federal Services), Jim Goodrich (EPA), Mark Jacobs (Boone and Kenton County Conservation District), Matt Wooten (Northern Kentucky Sanitation District #1), Jason Burlage (Northern Kentucky Sanitation District #1), Dave Elstun (CB&I Federal Services), Tim Kling (CB&I Federal Services).


If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

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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