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.

When WSSI cannot provide a guided tour of its LID facilities, visitors can read the signage posted at each practice. WSSI also has a training room where staff and local government employees can learn from each other and invited speakers. Image credit: WSSI

Stormwater Champions: Remaining Progressive a Decade Later

In the first of the Water Environment Federation’s new Stormwater Champions series, we interviewed Mike Rolband, founder of Wetland Studies and Solutions in Gainesville, Va.

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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Registration Opens for Collection Systems 2015

Registration recently opened for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual 2015 collection ...

Obama Administration Announces Water Finance Center, New Municipal Bond

On Jan. 16, the Obama Administration launched the new Water Infrastructure and ...

Ministerial Statement on SuDS Released

On Dec. 18, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the ...

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CWEA Seeks Speakers for Spring Stormwater Seminar

The Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) is looking for speakers to share their knowledge and expertise at an upcoming stormwater seminar on April 16 in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. This two-track event will cover municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) program startup. Topics such as program funding, capacity building, establishing stakeholder support, as well as data […]

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NACWA Releases Analysis of Legal Challenges to Stormwater Fees

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently released a white paper titled Navigating Litigation Floodwaters:  Legal Considerations for Funding Municipal Stormwater Programs, which provides analysis on the types of legal issues affecting stormwater funding programs. In the absence of a federal rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned its focus to strengthening […]

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Environmental Groups Charge EPA with Ignoring Past Court Decision

On Dec. 19, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) announced that they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen standards to prevent pollution from stormwater. The suit, filed Dec. 18 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, charges EPA has failed […]

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FY15 Omnibus Bill Becomes Law

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the federal government for the remaining nine and a half months of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The $1.1 trillion package funds all of the federal agencies except the Department of Homeland Security. The FY15 omnibus appropriations package will fund the […]

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UK Releases $3.6 Billion Flood Defense Plan

On Dec. 2, the UK’s Department for Environment Food, & Rural Affairs and Environment Agency announced a 6-year, £2.3 billion ($3.6-billion) flood defense program with 1,400 projects from Lancashire to Essex. This first-ever long-term investment program will protect over 300,000 properties, reduce flood risk by 5%, and save the economy £2.7 billion ($4.2 billion) by […]

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China Aims to Improve Water Quality of Critical Rivers

Three decades of rapid development have taken their toll on the China’s water quality. However, on Nov. 19, China’s National Development and Reform Commission released the National Ecological Protection and Construction Plan 2013–2020 calling for increased efforts to improve water quality and erosion control in 80% of the country’s most polluted rivers, as well as […]

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Defra Releases Bathing Water Quality Compliance Results

New figures published by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on Nov. 6 show that 93% of England’s beaches and inland bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, which is based on Escherichia coli limits. However, only about 60% meet the more stringent standards, which are set to […]

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New Mapping Software Helps Reduce Erosion and Water Pollution

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new software tool to help reduce agricultural runoff and erosion. The erosion vulnerability assessment for agricultural lands tool (EVAAL) integrates satellite imaging and geographic information system (GIS) technology at increments as small as 3 m2 (32 ft2) or as large as 70 km2 (30 mi2). […]

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California Releases Report on Land Use, Chemical Pollution Trends in State Streams

According to a report released Nov. 19 by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), detections and concentrations of pyrethroid pesticides are increasing in the state’s stream sediments. Pyrethroids are the active ingredients in many currently used pesticides available to urban consumers in the U.S., and also are widely used in agriculture. Many pyrethroids […]

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Voters Deny Stormwater Fee, Could Mean Lawsuit for Colorado Springs

In November, Colorado Springs, Colo., voters rejected a 20-year plan to create a regional stormwater authority and its associated fees. This has raised questions about how the city will pay for promised flood control projects and stormwater permit requirements. In late November, the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District Board voted to issue a letter […]

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