Facing hefty cleanup costs, Minnesota cities sue refiners over PAH in retention ponds

A group of eight Minnesota municipalities recently filed federal lawsuits against seven chemical refiners. The municipalities seek to offset the costs of limiting environmental damages from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). ...

Massachusetts regulators help MS4 communities meet public outreach obligations

Massachusetts environmental regulators are making it easier for 260 municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees in the state to meet public outreach and education requirements set by the U.S. ...

Most populous county in U.S. votes ‘yes’ on landmark stormwater legislation

On Nov. 6, Los Angeles (LA) County, Calif., voters voiced support for Measure W, which establishes a parcel tax to fund the county’s Safe Clean Water Program. According to ballot ...

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Target Field, home of Minnesota Twins, unveils plans for enormous ‘living wall’

In the upcoming 2019 professional baseball season, the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway ...

Denmark demonstrates footprint-free stormwater treatment method

The Danish island of Amager, located just east of Copenhagen, is the ...

Record-breaking summer rainfall undermines Chesapeake Bay recovery efforts

Despite slight improvements to the Chesapeake Bay’s dissolved oxygen concentration, underwater grass ...

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Video animations depict market-based options for stormwater infrastructure and finance

Stormwater financing can be complicated. Luckily, a team from the Great Lakes area has created a collection of animated videos to help explain three market-based financing options. Animations by the team, funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund, cover community-based public–private partnerships, stormwater credit trading, and environmental impact bonds. The team works as part of […]

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Minnesota agency offers online industrial stormwater training

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has created a first-of-its-kind, condensed, online, freely available training course on its industrial stormwater regulations and permitting program. The program, which covers the state’s 2015–2020 industrial stormwater permit, condenses an all-day, in-person training workshop down to about 1 hour. MPCA also still offers and highly encourages in-person trainings, according […]

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U.S. EPA, Army Corps of Engineers release draft ‘WOTUS’ redefinition language

On Dec. 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army proposed a new definition for “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as described in the Clean Water Act. The redefinition follows a February 2017 Executive Order that tasked the agencies with reviewing — and possibly repealing — amendments […]

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USDA: Growing rice helps farmers curb pesticide water quality risks

More than 40,000 different varieties of rice are grown on every continent (except Antarctica), making rice one of the world’s best-loved food crops. And according to new findings from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers, rice crops also have a secondary function: They keep pesticides and other contaminants out of vulnerable waterways.   The problem […]

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Report lays out challenges and opportunities for water quality trading programs

Compared to similar market-based environmental programs that aim to address climate change or protect endangered wildlife, participation in water quality trading (WQT) programs has remained low in the U.S. for decades. According to a recent report, Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading, a major reason why potential buyers and sellers hesitate […]

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Climate change and development have intensified flash floods around the world

While average temperatures gradually warm in most parts of the world, resulting in increasingly frequent and intense rainstorms, human expansion and development continue to disrupt the natural landscape’s ability to manage stormwater runoff. According to the first global analysis of how these trends already have affected rates of both precipitation and runoff generation, existing climate […]

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Survey results caution against ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to green infrastructure outreach

Effective stormwater management requires participation from private landowners who help prevent runoff and flooding in their communities by building household-scale green infrastructure (GI). However, outreach efforts to spur wider GI construction often take a “one-size-fits-all” approach, failing to consider the site-level social, financial, and ecological factors that influence specific landowners’ decisions to implement GI. The […]

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Federal stormwater legislation update: U.S. Congress passes policies proposed by WEF and partners

When President Trump signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) on Oct. 23 , a special federal stormwater financing task force was created. The Water  Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.) have proposed and advocated for this task force during  the last year. The […]

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‘How high is your river?’ asks CrowdHydrology citizen science project

In 2010, a smartphone-based campaign that called on motorists to report roadkill sightings in California via text message inspired University of Buffalo (UB; N.Y.) hydrogeologist Chris Lowry to undertake an experiment. If it didn’t require any prior knowledge or specialized equipment besides the small computers we carry in our pockets, could ordinary people help gather […]

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Abstracts due Nov. 12 for the WEF Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Symposium 2019

The Water Environment Federation is enthusiastically soliciting research, technology, operations, regulatory, environmental, communications and management abstracts to develop oral and poster presentations, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops at the WEF Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Symposium 2019: Integrated Stormwater Management. Download the WEF Stormwater and GI Symposium Call for Abstracts. This symposium is crafted to deepen […]

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