Weekly Environmental News, July 7-13, 2013: Bay Watershed Agreement, Algae in China, and more

Abridged Draft of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement Open for Public Comment

Visit the Chesapeake Bay Program website to view the abridged draft of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Readers can review the goals and measurable targets that address water quality, Bay fisheries and habitat, land conservation and public access. The draft is open for public input until August 15, 2013.

Washington State Landfill Reaches 15 Million Tons Disposed

The Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility began operating in 1996. Since then, the US Department of Energy and contractors have disposed of 15 million tons of contaminated materials. Contaminated soil, demolition debris, and solid waste from cleanup operations across the Hanford River Corridor have contributed to the waste total. The River Corridor was home to Hanford’s nine plutonium production reactors, fuel development facilities, and hundreds of support structures. Waste has been safely disposed in pairs of cells 70’ deep, 500’ wide and 1,000’ long at the base. Each holds about three million tons of material and gets capped off when max capacity is met.

Algae Covers Thousands of Miles of Coast in China

The Weather Channel first posted a video last week showing massive algae blooms along the China coastline . This source highlights a similar video showing the piles of algae alongside seemingly undisturbed bathers. Los Angeles Times reports that some delight in the excessive piles of green, but removal requires thousands of workers daily. One bathing beach cleanup supervisor reported that heavy days can yield 15 truckloads of 7 or 8 tons each – that’s a daily total of 150-160 tons.

Major League Baseball and US Forest Service Team-Up

Future hall of famers might never have the chance to beat New York Yankee Mo Rivera’s unofficial record of breaking bats as MLB and the US Forest Service work to reduce the number of shattered bats each season. According to Louisville Slugger, one MLB bat producer, it takes nearly 40,000 trees to produce one season’s worth of baseball bats and they produce 1.6 million wood bats each year alone. Learn what the Forest Service and MLB plan to decrease shattered bats.

 Featured image: Creative Commons Image Alexi Casilla Broken Bat courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr 

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