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.

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. ...

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

U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department ...

EPA Issues New TMDL Memorandum, Eliminates Flow Surrogate

On November 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new ...

WEF Submits Comments on WOTUS

On Nov. 14, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) filed comments on the ...

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Virginia Awards $21.5 Million in Stormwater Grants

On Dec. 9, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund. The grants cover 64 projects in 25 localities. The fund, administered by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), was established by the 2013 General Assembly. This year, $28 million was available to local governments as matching […]

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PennFuture Appeal Leads to Revised Pennsylvania Stormwater Permit

PennFuture, an environmental and public health advocacy group, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed a Stipulation of Settlement on Nov. 20 outlining revisions to Pennsylvania’s municipal stormwater permitting system. As a result, DEP will propose a revised version of Pennsylvania’s general permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), known as […]

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Collaborative Hosts Best Ideas Stormwater Competition for New England Communities

The New England Stormwater Collaborative is looking for ways local communities are enhancing their ability to deliver stormwater management services. The collaborative — a joint committee of the New England Water Environment Association, New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), and the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association — is planning to recognize […]

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Stormwater Fees May Have Affected Maryland Governor Race

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) has said he wants to repeal a state law requiring stormwater fees in Baltimore and 10 of the state’s other most populous counties. The law, passed by outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), is intended to help fund programs managing stormwater, improving local watersheds, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Hogan, however, […]

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Pennsylvania Passes Law Reducing Stream Buffer Requirements

On Oct. 22, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) approved H.B. 1565, which removes the 46-m (150-ft) buffer requirement for streams in the state’s most pristine watersheds. Since Nov. 2010, projects disturbing more than half a hectare (1 ac) were required to maintain a 46-m buffer around surface waters adjacent to the state’s “high quality” or […]

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Study Examines Costs to Cut Poultry Litter In Maryland’s Eastern Shore

A new study by Salisbury University analyzing the potential costs of implementing the Phosphorus Management Tool shows that restricting the use of poultry litter as fertilizer could cost Maryland Eastern Shore farmers between $22 million and $53 million over the next six years. The amount depends on how quickly farmers would need to achieve compliance. […]

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NEORSD Unveils First of Core Green Infrastructure Projects

On Oct. 27, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) unveiled the first of 10 core green infrastructure projects to reduce combined sewer overflows to Lake Erie. The bioretention project displayed in October involved the transformation of three neglected lots in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. The bioretention facilities are expected to retain more than 757,000 […]

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Australian Researchers Assess New Ways of Calculating Flood Risks

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk across Australia. Researchers are examining the possible causes of floods and how they interact with each other. This information is being used to create sophisticated models which will be used by engineers to better calculate flood risks for different locations. […]

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Natural Systems Can Improve Climate Resiliency, Report Says

In late October, the National Wildlife Federation, Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, LG, and Earth Economics released a report entitled “Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather.”  The report discusses nature-based approaches to reduce risks associated with climate change. These approaches can help safeguard people, […]

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EPA Announces Formation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The area covered under this program will include coastal […]

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