Waller Creek is one of the oldest monitoring sites in the Austin area. First a U.S. Geological Survey site in the 1950s, it is now monitored by the City of Austin through its Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Image credit: COA-WPD-WQM

Monitoring and Modeling: Two Sides of a Coin

The City of Austin is using monitoring and modeling to direct watershed regulations with science and to enhance stormwater control design criteria.

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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 Releases Green Infrastructure and Wet Weather Books

In August, the Water Environment Federation announced the release of two special ...

WEF Announces Winners of 2014 Stormwater Video Competition

The 2014 StormTV Project recognizes videos of innovative stormwater practices, programs and ...

WEF To Host No-Charge Webcast on Stormwater Financing

On August 27, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a no-charge ...

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South Lake Tahoe Institutes New Stormwater Funding Mechanism

The Bijou Area Erosion Control Project in the City of South Lake Tahoe is in full swing and is expected to be completed later this fall. When finished, the project will convey Bijou Creek to Lake Tahoe while separately treating stormwater runoff from 17 ha (42 ac) within the Bijou Commercial Core area. Runoff will […]

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Researchers Evaluate Bioretention

Bioretention is one of the most popular green infrastructure practices in many areas throughout the U.S. That is evident in the Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s recently released survey of stormwater management practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where bioretention was the most implemented practice over the last year. In fact, bioretention was implemented almost twice as […]

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Milwaukee Releases BaseTern Feasibility Study

In early July, Milwaukee released a feasibility study on its “BaseTern” concept developed by Erick Shambarger, deputy director of the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. The BaseTern combines the concepts of cistern and basements by using vacant basements to capture and store stormwater during wet weather events, reducing pressure on the city’s combined sewer system. […]

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Flood Defenses and Planning Inadequate in Face of Climate Change, Says UK Report

In early July, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change released the third in a series of annual reports on adaptation. The report, “Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy,” shows where past investments in flood defenses alongside recent improvements in forecasting, early warning, and flood emergency planning helped limit the impacts of a tidal […]

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Washington D.C. Bans Styrofoam

On July 29, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a law banning the use of Styrofoam in the District effective January 1, 2016. The ban is part of the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014.” The law will require restaurants, carry-outs, food trucks, and other entities that serve food to use compostable or recyclable food […]

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MnDOT Releases Research on Stormwater Pond Skimmers and Swales

In August, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Research Services & Library released a report “Assessing and Improving Pollution Prevention by Swales.” Researchers found substantial spatial variability in swale infiltration rate. This report discusses how roadside swales can be used to their full pollution prevention potential and cost-effectiveness, covering maintenance schedules and efforts. They also developed […]

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Danish Researchers Look at Stormwater Management in Africa

Urban flooding, drought, and water scarcity are major climate change hazards affecting African cities like Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam. A Danish research team from the University of Copenhagen is designing and testing the same concept used to manage stormwater in Copenhagen in these African cities. The basic idea is to delay and infiltrate […]

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Wetlands Reduce Flooding and Related Damages, Study Says

In a new study announced June 11, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology show that wetlands can reduce flooding and damage to communities. “Our results show a direct link between wetland drainage and peak streamflows during a flood,” said John Pomeroy, director of the Centre for Hydrology. “By restricting wetland drainage in […]

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EPA Updates Beach Guidance, Launches New Beaches Website

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published updated National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. To receive grants, the 38 states, territories, and tribes eligible under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act must meet the performance criteria established by EPA. According to EPA, the requirements will lead to […]

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U.S. Forest Service Announces Urban Forest Webcast Series

The U.S. Forest Service is launching a new monthly webinar series called Urban Forest Connections on September 10. The webcasts will take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Webcasts will bring experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. […]

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