Facilitating fees

Avoiding the pitfalls in setting stormwater utility fees while getting stakeholder support

Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

World Water: Stormwater Management

Read the latest online issue of World Water: Stormwater Management, a new magazine by WEF Publishing UK Ltd.

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Registration Opens for EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for entries to its fourth ...

WEF Volunteers To Install Green Infrastructure at Annual Service Project

On September 26, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals ...

WEF Opens Application for National MS4 Awards Program

In mid-July the Water Environment Federation (WEF) opened the call for applications ...

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University-led Consortiums Receive Grants for Urban Sustainability Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) has granted 5-year, $12 million awards to three separate research networks to conduct integrated research on urban sustainability. One of the awards was given to the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners nationwide. UWIN addresses […]

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New Research Finds Washington, D.C. Sinking

A team of geologists from the University of Vermont (UVM), working with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions, confirmed that land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking and forecasts that Washington, D.C. could drop by 6 or more inches (15 cm) over the next century. Such a drop would exacerbate problems associated with sea […]

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Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy Promotes Green Infrastructure in Seattle

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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Value of Water Coalition Unveils New Campaign and Toolkit

Anyone interested in educating themselves or others about the essential need to invest in U.S. water infrastructure and water resources can use the public awareness campaign and toolkit, What’s the Value of Water? The Value of Water Coalition and the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) released this toolkit in August. “These beautiful and functional educational […]

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Freshwater Mussels Tested as a Warning System

A pilot project on the Mississippi River is testing the possibility of using freshwater mussels as early warning detectors of water quality issues. Mucket mussels, which filter nutrients by taking in water through a slight gap in their shells, are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They will clamp down if they sense certain […]

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Restoration Strategies Approved for Chesapeake Bay

On July 23, the Chesapeake Executive Council announced the release of 25 management strategies for restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including its tributaries, wetlands, and diverse ecological habitats. The announcement was made at the council’s annual meeting to set goals and guidance for the partnership. The strategies summarize the Chesapeake Bay Program’s plans […]

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New USGS Tool Enables Water Quality Tracking in Rivers and Streams

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced the availability of a new online tool that can track nutrients and sediment levels in the nation’s rivers and streams. The online tool covers 106 monitored river and stream sites that are part of the USGS National Water-Quality Network for Rivers and Streams, providing graphical summaries of nutrient […]

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Government of Canada Responds to Microbeads

Microbeads, small plastic particles found in various personal care products, can enter the environment when the products that contain them are washed down household drains. Environment Canada scientists have completed a scientific review and analysis of more than 130 scientific papers. The review shows that microbeads may pose a concern to the environment because they […]

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Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Its Mission to Help DC Water Reduce Overflows

Lady Bird, DC Water’s (Washington, D.C.) tunnel boring machine, has completed a 7.2-km (4.5-mi)-long journey that began in July 2013 at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. After its 2-year journey, Lady Bird has completed digging a tunnel as part of DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project that will help improve water quality in the […]

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USF Research Targets Causes of Compound Flooding in Urban Areas

New research from the University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science shows flood risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall occurs simultaneously. While rising sea levels are the main driver for increasing flood risk, dual storm surge and high rainfall results in […]

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