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.

Innovative Financing Accelerates Stormwater Management

Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. use innovative financing mechanisms to expand green stormwater infrastructure and meet water protection goals.

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.


Stormwater Congress Roundup

From Sept. 27–Oct. 1, 20,385 water professionals from nearly 100 countries assembled ...

WEF Volunteers Reduce Flooding in New Orleans Neighborhood

Volunteers from across the country met in New Orleans September 27 to ...
Green Infrastructure solutions include techniques such as constructing wetlands, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, wetland conservation and introducing flood bypasses. Photo credit: UNEP

UNEP Releases Green Infrastructure Guide

A new Green Infrastructure guide was launched Sept. 2 at World Water ...

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Queensland Repeals Wild Rivers Act

In August, the Queensland Government in Australia repealed the territory’s 2005 Wild Rivers Act, which protected natural rivers from strip mining, agriculture, and in-stream dams. These development restrictions in the Wild Rivers Act were declared invalid during a federal court case in June. The area no longer protected by the act includes four basins: Archer, […]

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Large Urban Wetland Approved for East London Upper Lee Valley

…. The East London Upper Lee Valley will house Europe’s largest urban wetland by 2017, as plans are underway to create a chain of wetlands over 200 ha (500 ac) – a size three times greater than New York’s Central Park. The Walthamstow Wetlands project was approved earlier this summer and will cost about $13.5 […]

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Stormwater Harvesting Provides Cost-Effective Water Source and Flood Solution

According to a recent study in Environmental Earth Sciences by researchers from Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, stormwater can be safely used for drinking after being pumped into underground aquifers and then treated. In Adelaide, a southern Australian city, researchers also found that stormwater could be harvested at a […]

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Groundwater Largest Source of Water Lost in Colorado River Basin

… Scientists found that more than 75% of water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and University of California, Irvine revealed that the extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of […]

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Pacific Northwest Agencies and Partners Announce Water Quality Trading Recommendations

On Aug. 18, the Willamette Partnership, Freshwater Trust, and U.S. EPA Region 10, as well as water quality agency staff from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington released draft recommendations on water quality trading approaches in the Pacific Northwest. The recommendations are based on the group’s evaluation of policies, practices, and programs across the country. The analysis […]

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StormwaterPA Releases Green Jobs Training Modules

One of the key selling points of green stormwater infrastructure is the creation of green jobs. Some of these jobs are within existing sectors, such as landscaping, paving, and building, but new sectors also are emerging. As demand for these jobs increases, training becomes increasingly more important. StormwaterPA — in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural […]

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EPA Inspector General Calls for Better Nutrient Reporting

According to a new report released Sept. 3 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the EPA and states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) need to better monitor and track progress in reducing nutrient discharges to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the report, a uniform and comprehensive measurement […]

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Alberta Government Provides $31 Million for Watershed Restoration Projects

On Aug. 6, The Alberta government announced the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) and the Southern Alberta Fisheries Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program. These programs will provide a combined $28 million (CAD$31 million) over three years for restoration and enhancement projects in flood and drought-prone areas. Unlike traditional flood mitigation projects, which use large-scale […]

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Distributed Systems Could Improve Sustainability and Resilience

On Aug. 21, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, as part of its Charting New Waters initiative, released a report on integrating distributed systems into urban water infrastructure. While centralized water infrastructure has long provided solutions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater, technological developments along with sustainability and resiliency efforts are drawing attention to distributed systems. […]

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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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