Dustin Shull scuba diving.

Dustin Shull from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Join Dustin, Tim, and myself on September 30th for the webinar: Expert Tips for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring!

It is with great pleasure that I am co-hosting this month’s webinar on continuous water quality monitoring with the Pennsylvania DEP and YSI, a Xylem brand. As the presenters – Dustin Shull, Tim Finegan and I – started to compile our information for this webinar, it became apparent to all that there is a lot more to discuss and present with water quality professionals around the world than we can cover in one hour. You can certainly look forward to more webinars on this topic!

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A photo of the Duke Energy Centre.

Day 2 of the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Cincinnati, OH was an interesting day of presentations. The rest of the week appears to be just as fascinating. It has been great reconnecting with old peers, making new connections, and listening to the presentations on some very thought-provoking projects. The passion for water resources expressed by this year’s attendees inspires me, and I think...

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A photo of an oil pipeline.

In a bold move, Marcia McNutt, the Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine, one of the world’s top scientific journals, endorsed the Keystone XL pipeline late February1. The controversial pipeline, designed to transport heavy crude from Canada's oil sands to US Gulf coast refiners, has been mired in controversy over its potential ecological and climate impacts. McNutt, who headed a US federal agency until 2013 and was...

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Neil Young.

The recent uproar over Neil Young’s comments about Alberta’s oilsands development got me thinking about energy and water. Water is used in many of our energy generation methods. Whether it’s hydro power, thermal generation, oil extraction, etc., water is vital to most current energy production methods. That might not be a problem except water is also vital for agriculture, industry, drinking water, domestic use, waste removal...

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Three people in a row boat on a river in West Virginia.

I recently went in search of water quality data related to the chemical spill near Charleston West Virginia. As of today, 1/20/2014, there are serious questions being raised about the safety of the water and what chemical information is actually being used to communicate toxicity. After reading this…I opened the ol’ iPad and jumped on the internet. I am always curious about the water resources...

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Integrity of science graphic.

Scientific knowledge shapes many of our collective beliefs and decisions, but what of its integrity? It’s a question that’s receiving increasing attention, most recently because of a strategically orchestrated sting operation by Science Magazine’s John Bohannon involving the submission of intentionally flawed papers to over 300 open-access journals 1.  It revealed a less than pretty picture of the state of the peer review and quality control...

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