Columbus Solves SSO Problem and Creates Jobs for Residents

In solving sanitary sewer overflows, the City of Columbus is spending its capital dollars above ground, transforming neighborhoods and creating permanent jobs rather than building little-used tunnels.

Year in Review: 2014 Under the Stormwater Lens

This year in review provides a look back at highlighted stormwater news and events that occurred throughout 2014.

World Water: Stormwater Management

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

Spotlight

Obama Issues New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

On January 30, President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal ...

Copenhagen Neighborhood Redesigned With Climate in Mind

In August 2011, St. Kjeld, a low-lying neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, experienced ...
Healthy watersheds support recreation

EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and ...

Latest News

Soil Media Protects Salmon from Runoff Toxics

Soil media can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to new research by Washington State University, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Polluted stormwater has been identified as a risk factor for many threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead […]

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Soil Science Society of America Celebrates the International Year of Soils

The Global Soil Partnership at the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. In celebration, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 to educate the public about the importance of this precious natural resource. SSSA has organized a […]

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Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Correct Improper Sewer Connections

On Jan. 23, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) in Pennsylvania announced that it will create a Residential Homeowner Assistance Program (RHAP) to aid Pittsburgh homeowners facing potentially steep costs to remove stormwater connections from sanitary sewers. This requirement was imposed on property owners by the 2004 Consent Order and Agreement between PWSA, the […]

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USGS Releases New Groundwater Toolbox

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed and made available online its national summary report on the quality of the U.S. groundwater — an assessment of 6,600 wells. Groundwater provides drinking water for about 115 million people, or more than a third of the nation. Yet 22% of groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant […]

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New Jersey Permit System Requires CSO Reduction, Enhanced Public Outreach

On Jan. 7, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced steps to improve water quality in urban areas by requiring sewerage system operators to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO). As part of this effort, DEP is issuing 25 permits to address 217 CSO discharge points, or outfalls, in the state. Most CSO discharge […]

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EPA, NOAA Disapprove Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program

On Jan. 30, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) disapproved of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. All states participating in the National Coastal Zone Management Program are required to develop a program describing how they will prevent and control polluted runoff in coastal waters. The agencies […]

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Successful Partnerships between Agriculture and Water Utilities Highlighted in White Paper

On Feb. 3, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, AGree, and the U.S. Water Alliance released a white paper entitled Collaborating for Healthy Watersheds. The paper highlights nine successful municipal-agricultural collaborations across the U.S. that address water quality issues at the watershed level. The traditional approach of building more and more advanced water and […]

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Crowdsourcing Water Data

Technology is increasing opportunities for crowdsourcing water data. CrowdHydrology, a new phone application that debuted at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Dec. 2014, allows citizen scientists to report stream depths at various gauging stations and is run in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. The stations have signs asking people to report the stream […]

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Alberta Considers Giving More Room to the River

In response to the 2013 floods in Alberta, the Canadian provincial government along with municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and others have identified, studied, and implemented various solutions for the Bow River Basin. Although the focus was primarily on large-scale gray infrastructure, the province is now piloting a new solution being used in the Netherlands to manage […]

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EPA Releases Reports on Paying and Planning for Green Infrastructure

In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]

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