Waller Creek is one of the oldest monitoring sites in the Austin area. First a U.S. Geological Survey site in the 1950s, it is now monitored by the City of Austin through its Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Image credit: COA-WPD-WQM

Monitoring and Modeling: Two Sides of a Coin

The City of Austin is using monitoring and modeling to direct watershed regulations with science and to enhance stormwater control design criteria.

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World Water: Stormwater Management

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WEF To Host No-Charge Webcast on Stormwater Financing

On August 27, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a no-charge ...

Stakeholders Call for Clarification on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

On June 11, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment convened ...

WEF Announces Stormwater Congress Luncheon Keynote Speaker

The 2014 Stormwater Congress will be hosted by the Water Environment Federation ...

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Defra Releases Draft SuDS National Standards

In early July, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) provided an update on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) implementation or Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act. The agency also released Draft SuDs National Standards and Specified Criteria for Sustainable Drainage. The agency restated that it will be unable […]

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Climate Change Already Is Affecting Coastal and Island Communities

According to a recent analysis by Reuters, coastal flooding along the eastern U.S. has increased dramatically over the past four decades with triple the number of days per year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds. Water now reaches flood levels on average 20 days per year in many […]

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North Carolina Passes Source Water Protection Act

On June 30, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed H.B. 894 into law, requiring public water systems to develop source water protection plans for unfiltered surface water supplies. The law creates a standardized format for developing, reviewing, and updating the plans as well as for reporting requirements. The law requires that water systems identify the […]

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Level of Toxics in European Freshwater Greater than Anticipated

European Union member states have called for substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 through the Water Framework Directive. While the European Environment Agency recently released a report on the excellent water quality of swimming beaches, a large-scale study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, both […]

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Summit To Focus on Stormwater Project Opportunities in the GCC

Stormwater management has become crucial in the Middle East due to rapid growing cities, lack of adequate stormwater drainage networks, and the increase in rainfall in the past few years. Governments have increased the scope of activities and funding for this important area. Based on this, Conference Director Basma Dawwas of the International Quality and […]

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New York Provides $13.8 Million to Improve Water Quality on Agricultural Lands

On June 25, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $13.8 million in funding to help more than 200 farms across New York implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices, which in turn will protect New York State’s waterways. These competitive grants were awarded to 32 county soil and water conservation districts, and were provided […]

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Researchers Predict Large Toxic Algae Bloom for Lake Erie

University of Michigan and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have forecasted a significant bloom of toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie late this summer. Expected to be larger than average but considerably smaller than the record-setting 2011 event, the 2014 Lake Erie harmful algae bloom could weigh in at about 22,000 metric tons […]

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New Orleans Green Infrastructure Projects Receive Support

On July 17, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Groundwork New Orleans will receive $60,000 through the agency’s Urban Waters program. The funding will be used to conduct neighborhood workshops that introduce citizens to cost-effective, do-it-yourself practices for stormwater management in the New Orleans area. The project aims to improve water quality and […]

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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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Russia Signs Law Protecting Lake Baikal

  On July 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law protecting Lake Baikal in southeast Siberia. The lake is the world’s deepest at 644 km (400 mi) long and more than 1.6 km (1 mi) deep in some areas. It holds 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water reserves. With an enormous amount […]

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