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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/28/2010 -

The Chesapeake Bay is a national focal point for water quality issues. New environmental regulations will require Delaware and the other five bay states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York -- and the District of Columbia to significantly reduce pollution entering the bay and its tributaries.

These rigorous federal and state program aims to restore the bay's water quality by 2025.

Because the two main pollutants that are under consideration are nitrogen and phosphorous, agricultural entities in Delaware and the other bay states have a vital role in this process.

As Arctic warms, increased shipping likely to accelerate climate change
10/26/2010 -

As the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world. And if the sea ice continues to decline, a new route connecting international trading partners may emerge -- but not without significant repercussions to climate, according to a U.S. and Canadian research team that includes a University of Delaware scientist.

Growing Arctic ship traffic will bring with it air pollution that has the potential to accelerate climate change in the world's northern reaches. And it's more than a greenhouse gas problem -- engine exhaust particles could increase warming by some 17-78 percent, the researchers say.

James J. Corbett, professor of marine science and policy at UD, is a lead author of the first geospatial approach to evaluating the potential impacts of shipping on Arctic climate. The study, “Arctic Shipping Emissions Inventories and Future Scenarios,” is published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Nov. 19: DENIN adds seminar to fall series
10/25/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced an addition to its fall seminar series lineup.

Jeanne M. VanBriesen, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Water QUEST (Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems) Center at Carnegie Mellon University will present a seminar at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in Room 102 of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

VanBriesen's talk is entitled, “Lumped Terms and Surrogates: PCBs, DBPs, Indicator Organisms, and the Search for Understanding Speciation to Improve Decision Making.” Her presentation is cosponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

C.P. Huang honored for lifetime achievements in aquatic chemistry
10/21/2010 -

Former students paid tribute to the extraordinary accomplishments of C.P. Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, during a career retrospective workshop held Oct. 3-4 in Taichung, Taiwan.

The event, sponsored by the National Chiao Tung University and the National Chung Hsing University in celebration of his 70th birthday, detailed Huang's achievements in aquatic chemistry and his passion for mentoring students.

Stephen Shu-Hung Shen, administrator of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency, opened the event calling Huang “a great master” and “a highly respected and world renowned scholar” who has “nurtured numerous elites in the area of environmental science and engineering, including 38 doctors and more than 60 masters.”

Kempton quoted in Times article on Atlantic coast wind power
10/13/2010 -

Willett Kempton, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy and director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware, is quoted in a front page article in the Tuesday, Oct. 12, issue of The New York Times concerning a $5 billion wind power transmission line proposed for the Atlantic coast.

Among the investors in the project is Internet giant Google.

Kempton discussed administrative hurdles faced by the project and the value of such a “transmission spine.”

10/13/2010 -


Oct. 12, 2010
Vol. 40, No. 348
Contact: Dawn Lawson, Division of Water Resources, 302-739-9941; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs Office, 302-739-9902.

The Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council (CWAC) will hold a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Kent County Administrative Complex, Room 220, 555 South Bay Road, Dover.

Annual event shows how to 'Make the Most of Our Coast'
10/11/2010 -

Not even a rainy, gusty day could keep crowds from celebrating the University of Delaware's 34th annual Coast Day. The event, sponsored by UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, was held Sunday, Oct. 3.

“This is our opportunity to share what we do with you in a way that brings everything together in a single day,” CEOE Dean and Delaware Sea Grant Director Nancy Targett told visitors at the event's opening ceremony.

NOAA awards grant to study impacts of oxygen depletion, acidification in fish and oyster habitat
10/11/2010 -

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced it will award a five-year, $1.6 million grant to University of Delaware Prof. Timothy Targett and colleagues at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and Louisiana State University (LSU).

The award, through NOAA's Coastal Hypoxia Research Program, will support research to predict the impact of daily cycles of hypoxia and pH in shallow estuarine waters on ecologically and economically important finfish and shellfish.

Delaware EPSCoR receives cyber-infrastructure improvement grant
10/08/2010 -

The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has been awarded a $1.18 million grant by the National Science Foundation through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding to upgrade the cyber-infrastructure linking higher education institutions throughout the state.

“The vision for this grant is that all of the Delaware EPSCoR partner institutions will have access to high-quality cyber-infrastructure and centralized informatics capabilities that support leading-edge research, education and outreach in the EPSCoR focus area of environmental science and biotechnology,” said Karl Steiner, senior associate provost for research development and professor of electrical and computer engineering at UD.

NSF grant supports Maryland-Delaware climate change education partnership
10/06/2010 -

The National Science Foundation has announced it will award $999,949 to the University of Delaware and its partners the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), and the University of Maryland to establish a climate change education partnership.

The Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment, and Research (MADE-CLEAR) program will build partnerships among the two states' research and teaching universities, public schools, federal agencies, and public and private sectors with the goal of increasing the adoption of educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. The initiative is one of 15 projects to receive NSF funding to build such coordinated networks.