Water and Wellness: Green Infrastructure for Health Co-Benefits

Social Scientist Kathleen Wolf describes the additional health and wellness benefits provided by urban green spaces associated with stormwater management.

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World Water: Stormwater Management

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Efforts to Include Green Infrastructure in SRF Programs Advance

Last year, President Obama established the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and ...

Stormwater Congress Registration is Now Open

Registration for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Congress opened on March ...

EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army ...

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London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, [...]

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French Airport Installs Innovative Stormwater Marsh

In early April, the Paris-Orly Airport began using a new 6500 m2 (1.6 ac) filter marsh to treat stormwater runoff. According to Aéroports de Paris, the marsh is the only system of its kind to be installed at an airport. The airport’s current stormwater treatment system captures 3 million to 5 million m3 (800 million [...]

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Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Stormwater Along Opportunity Corridor

In late March, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District announced an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to utilize $650,000 in state money to create a Green Infrastructure Grants Program. The grants will be aimed at offsetting the effects of the Opportunity Corridor using green infrastructure rather than building storm sewers. Limited space and [...]

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EPA Administrator Tours Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Project

In early March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy toured Houston’s $58 million Buffalo Bayou Project, a restoration and conservation project on which construction started in 2012. The tour also focused on the city’s Bayou Greenways 2020 program. The Buffalo Bayou Project includes restoration of natural landscapes as well as new and upgraded [...]

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VIMS Modeling Approach Predicts Street-Level Storm Tide

A team of researchers at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), accurately hindcasted Hurricane Sandy’s landfall along the U.S. Atlantic coast using a large-scale, unstructured grid storm tide model, called Semi-implicit Eulerian Lagrangian Finite Element. The researchers used data collected before Hurricane Sandy and tested the results with observations [...]

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ACWA Releases Groundwater Management Recommendations

On April 7, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released recommendations for improving management of California groundwater basins. ACWA’s recommendations come as discussions continue in the regulatory and legislative arenas to identify ways to address potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded groundwater quality in some basins of the state. The drought has [...]

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EPA Awards 16 Cities with Grants for Green Infrastructure on the Great Lakes

In late February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began announcing the 16 recipients of the Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant. Cities in Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio received grants throughout March. The grants will result in cleaner water and a more resilient shoreline by helping to prevent flooding. Extreme precipitation [...]

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William Penn Foundation Invests $35 Million in Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The Delaware River watershed covers more than 34,965 km2 (13,500-mi2) in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On April 1, the William Penn Foundation awarded $35 million in grants, launching a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities. More than 40 national [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Program Receives Thousands of Comments on Draft Watershed Agreement

The comment period on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement closed March 17. The agreement is the fourth of its kind and sets new restoration goals and a new decision-making framework for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  It is, however, the first agreement since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum [...]

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EPA Stays Decision on Mississippi Basin Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On March 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to stay a decision on whether the agency must provide numeric nutrient criteria for Mississippi River Basin states. In a previous 2013 U.S. District Court ruling, EPA was given until March 19 to determine whether [...]

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