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.

Spotlight

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, ...

WEFTEC/Stormwater Congress Call for Abstracts is Now Open

WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) annual technical exhibition and conference, is ...

Latest News

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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London Super Sewer Given Green Light

In mid-September, Thames Water was given the green light to begin building London’s ‘super sewer.’ The 25-km (16-mi) tunnel will reduce combined sewer overflows to the tidal River Thames. From Acton storm tanks in West London, the tunnel will run underground, beneath the river, to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London where it will […]

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EPA Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama’s Sustainability Initiative

On Oct. 31, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released plans for preparing for the effects of climate change, including flooding and seal level rise. The agency’s adaptation implementation plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. EPA […]

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ASCE Releases Guidance on Public Safety for Urban Stormwater Facilities

This fall, the American Society of Civil Engineers released the manual, Public Safety Guidance for Urban Stormwater Facilities. People enjoy and like to recreate around water. However, they may not recognize the possible dangers of retention ponds, open channels, closed culverts, or other features associated with stormwater management. Although it is impractical, if not impossible, […]

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Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge Now Accepting Entries

The City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Port of Tacoma invite design teams to participate in the “Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge.” This design competition challenges teams to tackle one of three real-world site designs to showcase sustainable solutions for stormwater runoff. The challenge provides participants an opportunity to receive hands-on learning, networking opportunities, […]

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Potomac Piranhas Host Stormwater Hackathon

. On Oct. 25, The Potomac PiranhasTM hosted the region’s first collaborative watershed program focused on innovation, capital, and entrepreneurship. The event, called a Hackathon, brought together 50 people from across geographic lines and sectors, including business, academia, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and government to brainstorm innovative ways to clean up the Potomac watershed. The Hackathon […]

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EPA Releases Guidebook for Community Smart Growth with Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the report “Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure.” The guidebook is a resource to help groups, such as local governments, nonprofits, utilities, and others, use green infrastructure to improve communities and save money. The report discusses the many benefits of green infrastructure beyond improving water […]

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