Hazardous waste sites create a cascade of impacts that affect the health of communities, water quality, and the local environment. That's why the long-term cleanup and restoration of these sites often requires a coordinated—and creative—regional approach. This was certainly the case for a hazardous waste site in Texas City, Texas.
In the latest issue of the education journal The Earth Scientist, Climate Steward educators share their stories, innovations, and resources that you can incorporate into your classroom or education setting. Articles include links background materials, supporting materials, and student worksheets.
While we know of many factors that may contribute to HABs, how these factors come together to create a 'bloom' of algae is not well understood. Studies indicate that many algal species flourish when wind and water currents are favorable. In other cases, HABs may be linked to 'overfeeding.'
NOAA and 12 other federal agencies are working to improve research and communications about the risks of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, twin threats to our nation's waters. While these dangers are different across the country, nearly every state is affected in some way.