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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UD Research Magazine: DENIN affiliate Angelia Seyfferth featured in latest issue
11/13/2015 -

Having had the chance to conduct research taking water samples on the Chesapeake Bay early in her undergraduate studies, Angelia Seyfferth, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, is hoping to pass her enthusiasm for research to young scholars in her lab.

Seyfferth’s research at UD focuses on arsenic in rice, a topic for which she received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. It recognizes faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within their organizations.

UDaily: New UD study looks at adding rice residue to lower arsenic, improve crop yields
11/11/2015 -

A new study by University of Delaware researchers considers how adding silica-rich rice residue -- such as husks, straw and the ash of those materials -- to improve crop yields and decrease arsenic uptake may affect the soils in which rice plants are grown. 

The results of the study were recently published in Plant and Soil, an international journal on plant-soil relationships. 

The study was carried out by Evanise Penido, a visiting student from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) in Brazil.

11/08/2015 -

By 2025, Chesapeake Bay watershed states aim to drastically reduce the amount of pollutants and sediment they put into bay waterways. Using everything from new stormwater equipment to tree plantings, they're working toward ambitious goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency six years ago. But states like Delaware aren't on track to meet 2017 halfway point milestones. As Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik reports, a lack of state funding is limiting options -- and failing to meet EPA goals could only make it worse.

11/08/2015 -

For centuries, cod were the backbone of New England's fisheries and a key species in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Today, cod stocks are on the verge of collapse, hovering at 3-4 percent of sustainable levels. Even painful cuts to the fishery have failed to slow this rapid decline, surprising both fishers and fisheries managers.

11/08/2015 -

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall just north of Atlantic City three years ago, it swept away homes, beaches and dunes. But the storm left another legacy: a shift in the approach state, federal and local regulators take to make shorelines storm ready and resilient. From New England to the Carolinas, dredges have pumped millions of cubic yards of sand, in the three years since Sandy struck, to build storm-ready beaches and form engineered sand dunes. The trend is coast-long, even in places where the strategy had been to allow nature to take its course.

UDaily: CEOE students, faculty participate in Delaware Bay research dives aboard Cyclops 1
11/08/2015 -

“Daiber this is Cyclops, come in Daiber, over,” Danielle Ferraro called from below the surface of the Delaware Bay aboard Cyclops 1, a submersible designed for deep-sea research. Ferraro is a second year master’s student studying oceanography in University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Last Thursday, she was a lucky member of the UD scientific research team that dove in the OceanGate human operated submersible near the outer breakwater of the Delaware Bay. It is the first time that Cyclops 1 has been used on the East Coast of the United States.

10/21/2015 -

Down by the railroad tracks that cut through the neighborhood’s south end, water is pooled on the road even on a hot August day, remnants of a downpour the day before. The road is submerged regularly here, flooding the basements of nearby residents.

Richard King grew up in the neighborhood. “When I grew up and we got a big rain, we didn’t have to worry about it,” he said. “The only thing that flooded was right down here at the park, and that would maybe be half the day … but that would go down with the tide, and that was the end of that.”

10/16/2015 -

New federally supervised pollution investigations are planned at one of the state's oldest toxic cleanup sites, under an Environmental Protection Agency agreement with past owners of a chemical plant near Delaware City. EPA officials required the work as part of a settlement with Bayer CropScience L.P., current owner of the former Stauffer Chemical Co. plant. The site was added to the nation's national priorities list of Superfund sites in 1983, and has been under scrutiny and targeted for toxic pollution control work ever since.

UDaily: UD scientists receive federal funding to study harmful algal blooms
10/16/2015 -

University of Delaware marine scientists Kathryn Coyne and Mark Warner have received new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study harmful algal blooms — a scientifically complex and potentially economically damaging coastal issue. Each year, outbreaks of toxic algal blooms threaten fisheries, public water supplies and tourism in coastal communities throughout the United States.

10/15/2015 -

Emerging from the forests and wetlands that border Delaware Bay, Bennett’s Pier Road comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt. Heading northeast toward the shore, the road gives way first to sand, then to sea. Fractured slabs like stepping-stones mark a broken path to the shoreline before disappearing beneath the encroaching waves.