Author Archives: Jordan Schmidt

Georgia Water Coalition’s “Dirty Dozen” for 2014

Each year the Georgia Water Coalition publishes a list of the top twelve threats to Georgia’s water resources. These threats can ultimately harm property owners, communities downstream, fish and wildlife, and the countless ecosystems that depend on clean water. Click … Continue reading

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California water table drops; demand for water well data rises

You have probably heard by now: California is facing an extreme drought that is threatening the state’s population, ecosystems, and economic stability. What you may not know is that much of California, at least 40% during non-drought conditions, relies on … Continue reading

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Wichita Falls begins drinking treated wastewater

Wichita Falls, TX has begun using treated wastewater to supply its 150,000 residents with a reliable drinking supply, and to date is only the second city in the state to do so. The River Road Waste Treatment Plant began using … Continue reading

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Mini-satellites capturing worldwide imagery on a daily basis

A Silcon Valley startup called Planet Labs has designed small satellites, known as cubesats, that are the size of shoe boxes and cost just thousands of dollars to produce (as opposed to conventional satellites that can require hundreds of millions). … Continue reading

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EPA seeking comments on proposal to require disclosure of fracking fluids

The EPA is seeking comments on a proposal that would require or incentivize the voluntary disclosure of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Non-disclosure of fracking fluids has been a hot topic in recent years and people still debate … Continue reading

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Wichita, Kansas groundwater contamination linked to dry cleaning solvents

A public meeting was held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to discuss potential health risks associated with groundwater contamination that originated from an old dry cleaning facility. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) informed residents … Continue reading

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$687 million proposed to aid drought-stricken California

In response to California’s severe drought conditions, lawmakers have proposed a $687 million emergency drought relief plan to aid drought-stricken areas. The funds would be distributed across multiple sectors, including areas that face acute water supplies and agricultural producers. A … Continue reading

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Coal related chemical spills plaguing West Virginia

West Virginia has found itself in the spotlight this year after multiple coal related spills have threatened the state’s water supply and contaminated aquatic habitats. To recap, a chemical spill occurred on January 9, 2014 in Charleston, releasing at least … Continue reading

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California desperate for water as drought threatens millions

California has found itself in perhaps the most severe drought in the state’s history, with two-thirds of the state being designated as “extreme drought.” On January 19, 2014, state Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency and urged residents to … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from the Banks team!

On behalf of our environmental data team, I would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014! Environmental Prose will return next week with more news and insights from the environmental data industry. See you then! Jordan Schmidt Editor … Continue reading

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North Dakota’s Bakken Shale seen from the sky

Last week we showed how the landscape has evolved in the booming oil town of Williston, North Dakota by looking at historical aerial photos. In this week’s post I decided to strap you in the passenger seat of a Cessna … Continue reading

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Aerial gondolas: The next great (urban) transportation device?

  Have you ever sat in traffic and wished your car could rise to the air and fly past everyone else? I have. That is why I feel compelled to bring you, what is in my opinion, the next great … Continue reading

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Cheers from a few of us at The Banks Group in Austin!

 

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Cleanup plan for Houston superfund site open for public comment

The EPA has extended the deadline for public comment on the South Cavalcade Street Superfund site in Houston, Texas until September 23, 2013. During this time period, the EPA invites interested parties to review the proposed cleanup plan and provide … Continue reading

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Texas challenging Mexico to fulfill water treaty obligations

  Image credit: Tracy Greer Listen to the brief radio segment (4:28) below from The Take Away with John Hockenberry to learn more about water issues on both sides of the border. While drought is an enduring and pressing issue … Continue reading

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