A Water of the US

Defining Waters of the U.S. and the Effects on Stormwater

With comments due Nov. 14, this article examines points of intersection between the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and the stormwater sector with viewpoints from stakeholders across the U.S. ...

A demonstration of turbulent flow using a Plexiglas flume. Image credit: CDOT

Ramping Up Erosion Control Training for Transportation Projects

Colorado Department of Transportation's new erosion control training is complimented by a newly renovated facility for hands-on learning.

World Water Stormwater Management Fall 2014

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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WEF Submits Comments on WOTUS

On Nov. 14, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) filed comments on the ...

Weakened SuDS Plan Could Worsen Flooding, Groups Say

On Sept. 12, the U.K. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ...

Corvias Announces Public-Private Partnership Agreement with Prince George’s County

On Nov. 19, Corvias Solutions announced that it has signed a first-of-its-kind, ...

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Australian Researchers Assess New Ways of Calculating Flood Risks

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk across Australia. Researchers are examining the possible causes of floods and how they interact with each other. This information is being used to create sophisticated models which will be used by engineers to better calculate flood risks for different locations. […]

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Natural Systems Can Improve Climate Resiliency, Report Says

In late October, the National Wildlife Federation, Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, LG, and Earth Economics released a report entitled “Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather.”  The report discusses nature-based approaches to reduce risks associated with climate change. These approaches can help safeguard people, […]

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EPA Announces Formation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The area covered under this program will include coastal […]

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Caltrans Reaches $2.7 million Settlement for Alleged Water Quality Violations

In addition to required environmental work, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will fund the Mariposa Supplemental Environmental Project. The project will provide real-time monitoring along a wild and scenic stretch of the Merced River to detect excess turbidity and pH levels during Caltrans’ Ferguson landslide rehabilitation project. Data will be collected both before and […]

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UK Researchers Use Serious Gaming to Explore Water Management

Virtual worlds similar to those experienced by game players of the global phenomena Minecraft and SimCity could be used to help test potential new water infrastructure development in the UK. Experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering a new computer platform in which water engineers can simulate how existing and prospective new water systems […]

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Study Examines Effects of Small Gasoline Spills Over Time

A new study released in the September issue of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology suggests that fuel droplets spilled at gas stations — which occur frequently with fill-ups — could cumulatively be causing long-term environmental damage to soil and groundwater in residential areas in close proximity to the stations. Most studies have focused on large-scale […]

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WRF and WERF Release Water Sector Economic Impact Analysis

In September, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released a new study exploring the effects of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities on the U.S. economy. Based on the planned operating and capital investments of 30 public utilities, the “National Economic and Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector” research […]

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New York City Announces Expansion of Green Infrastructure Program

On Nov. 10, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a major expansion of the city’s green infrastructure program. Over the coming months the city will accelerate the ongoing construction of approximately 2,000 specially designed curbside gardens, also known as bioswales, in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. This will add to the […]

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USGS and NRCS Partner to Quantify Effects of Conservation Practices

On Oct. 21, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a partnership to examine the benefits of agricultural conservation practices on water quality.  Working together, the two groups will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.  This information will strengthen the effectiveness […]

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Joint US-Canadian Website Displays Streamflow Conditions

On Nov. 4, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) announced another milestone achieved through their cooperation, the North America WaterWatch (NAWW). NAWW is a website displaying streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. The site provides a fast, easy-to-use, cartographically based central web interface for users to access real-time streamflow conditions […]

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