STORMY Awards Elevate New England Stormwater Efforts

On April 1, the New England Stormwater Collaborative presented its inaugural STORMY Awards, which recognize communities and utilities for their best stormwater ideas that increase efficiency, funding, or political support.

Tuning into Kentucky’s Groundwater

Livestream is an innovative project that translates groundwater data into sound in order to bring public awareness, literacy, and accountability to groundwater resources across Kentucky.

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 Announces State Winners of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

On May 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2015 state winners ...

Exhibitors Encouraged to Present in WEFTEC Stormwater Pavilion

Once again, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is offering exclusive opportunities for ...

WEF Seeks Input from MS4s and States on Testing of Stormwater Products, Practices

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is engaged in a survey effort to ...

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NYC Releases Green Infrastructure Annual Report

In early May, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its 2014 Annual Report for the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. In 2014, DEP met or exceeded the expected green infrastructure performance rates for the three neighborhood demonstration areas, committed $36 million for green infrastructure construction as part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, […]

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA for Failure to Act on Water Quality Issues

On April 28, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the agency’s alleged “failure to enforce stormwater pollution regulations in the Charles River Watershed and several water bodies in Rhode Island.” Spanning 80 miles, the Charles River meanders through 23 communities before ending in […]

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Views of Green Infrastructure Improve Attention

New research published in the June 2015 issue of Journal of Environmental Psychology suggests that even a 40-second view of green infrastructure or nature can improve a person’s attention. Researchers at the University of Melbourne examined how “micro-breaks” that involved views of a green roof increased participant’s attention resources as they become depleted throughout the […]

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China Releases Water Action Plan

By 2020, China plans to make 70% of its water resources in seven river basins clean enough to drink, according to a long-awaited water pollution action plan released by the State Council in April. While effective immediately, local and provincial governments will craft their own strategies in the coming months. To reduce some of the […]

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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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Report Highlights Green Infrastructure Solutions that Improve Climate Resiliency

On May 5, Island Press and the National Wildlife Federation released a report, Weather We Don’t Recognize, which provides understandable, science-based explanations about how climatic conditions in the Midwest are changing. It also explores the effects climate change is anticipated to have on human and natural communities. With its accessible approach to the complex topic […]

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Duke Energy Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Crimes

On May 14, Duke Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts related to unpermitted discharges and maintenance issues at five North Carolina coal ash storage facilities. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina also approved a $102 million plea agreement to resolve criminal charges against Duke Energy. It involves $68.2 […]

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Open-Access WER Article Examines Effectiveness of Man-Made Wetlands

The April 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) includes an open-access article investigating the effectiveness of a man-made wetland system, consisting of linked basins, in local flood control and contaminant filtration. According to WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis, “the authors used a combination of field and lab experiments to characterize the retention and removal of iron, phosphate, and […]

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SITES Announces 12 Newly Certified Sustainable Landscapes

On March 31, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program announced that it has certified 12 new sustainable landscapes for meeting rigorous standards in environmental design and performance. These landscapes include a historic Maryland house, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children’s garden in Austin, Texas. These are the last to […]

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MoDOT To Implement Stormwater Compliance Program

On April 8, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) agreed to implement a statewide compliance program and to pay a $750,000 civil penalty to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations at two road construction sites. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two sites inspected in 2010 and 2011 had significant erosion control issues, including […]

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