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Articles tagged with: ecology

Protecting New York lakes from harmful algal blooms

Tony Eallonardo, PhD,

Over the last decade, harmful algal blooms have been increasing in prevalence across New York State and continue to threaten drinking water quality and recreational activities nationwide. In New York, more than 150 water bodies experienced HABs in 2017, resulting in more than 100 beach closures. The Threat A harmful algal bloom, often...

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International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2018

OBG recently took part in the 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2018 (ICCE 2018) on July 30-August 3, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. During the conference, OBG’s team of experts shared how OBG’s multi-disciplinary engineering and project delivery solutions are addressing resiliency, vulnerability, and other unique challenges presented by highly comp...

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Improving water quality for trout in a prized recreational watercourse

Michael Rondinelli,

Trout are highly valued freshwater fish, serving an important position in the freshwater food web as both predator and prey, and providing seasonal or year-round enjoyment for recreational anglers. Trout also are sensitive to physical and chemical stressors, and therefore are excellent water quality indicators.  Because coldwater fish...

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Dr. Lyle Trumbull discusses restoring a barrier island at CLEAN GULF

Lyle Trumbull, PhD presents at 2017 Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, significant erosion occurred at barrier islands off the central Gulf of Mexico coast, including the Breton National Wildlife Refuge barrier island chain. These barrier islands, located in the Breton Sound 30 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana, serve as a natural breakwater protecting mainland environments. Because...

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John Newsted, PhD contributes to study on PFAS in fish fillets and water

John L. Newsted, PhD has co-authored a manuscript on “Spatial and Temporal Trends of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Fish Fillets and Water Collected from Pool 2 of the Upper Mississippi River” recently published in the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Journal. Abstract: In response to o...

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Improving New York’s response capabilities for crude oil transportation incidents

OBG helps create inland geographic response plans for all New York counties impacted by crude-by-rail transportation

Lyle Trumbull,

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are location-specific plans developed to provide guidance for oil spill responses throughout the U.S.  Until recently, most crude oil transportation in the U.S. occurred via waterways on oil tankers, and as a result, most existing GRPs focus on the protection of sensitive biological...

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Watershed/coastal science and engineering

Chris Calkins,

Our nation faces many challenges, including the threat posed to people, property, and infrastructure in vulnerable geographic settings.  While specific circumstances may vary, this vulnerability is often associated with proximity to water. Shifting weather patterns have contributed to increases in precipitation quantity, intensity, and duration, leading to stormwater issues,...

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Discoveries, trends, and implications of chemicals in the Great Lakes

John Newsted discusses impact of chemicals on mink in the Great Lakes at IAGLR Annual Conference

John Newsted, PhD of NRT, an OBG Company, recently took part in the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) 60th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems, on May 15-19, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. ...

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New York State Wetlands Forum 2017

OBG environmental experts recently participated in the New York State Wetlands Forum 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting on April 25-26, 2017 in Suffern, New York. The team shared expertise and experience in wetlands design, construction, and restoration; ecological assessments and restoration; habitat restoration; ...

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Do I need a permit?

Chris Kriegner,

Many projects require approval from one or more regulatory agencies before implementation can begin. Approvals are typically granted in the form of a permit, which may be required for a host of reasons, including planned emissions or discharges, withdrawals or resource use, building and construction, or proposed disturbance to...

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