Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

Stormwater Champions: A Look Forward After 25 Years

November marks the 25th anniversary of EPA's Phase I MS4 program. Geoff Brosseau discusses lessons learned from the past 25 years and shares his insights for the future.

World Water: Stormwater Management

Read the latest online issue of World Water: Stormwater Management, a new magazine by WEF Publishing UK Ltd.

Spotlight

WEF Volunteers To Install Green Infrastructure at Annual Service Project

On September 26, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals ...

WEF Opens Application for National MS4 Awards Program

In mid-July the Water Environment Federation (WEF) opened the call for applications ...

WEF Announces 2015 StormTV Project Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its fourth ...

Latest News

EPA Region 4 Announces Rain Catcher Award Winners

On June 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced the recipients of its 2015 Rain Catcher award, which recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Recognized were the City of Durham (N.C.) Department of Public Works in the award’s municipal category, Mississippi State University in the neighborhood/community category, Regency […]

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Los Angeles Furthers Plans for Stormwater Capture

On July 2, Los Angeles County released proposed plans to develop a countywide network of stormwater capture and improvement projects. The ambitious Enhanced Watershed Management Plans (EWMPs) are the result of a multi-year collaboration between the state, county, and 49 area cities across 12 watershed groups to improve local and regional water supplies and waterways. […]

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New Stormwater Regulations Take Effect in Philadelphia

Philadelphia began following updated stormwater regulations July 1. Two years in the making, the regulations are meant to ensure new developments contribute to Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan. New developments are now required to handle more water, slow stormwater more effectively, and improve pollutant reduction. These changes will help minimize local flooding, encourage the […]

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Great Lakes Leaders Agree to Phosphorus Reductions

On June 13, the governors of Michigan and Ohio and the premier of Ontario signed an agreement to reduce phosphorus inputs to the western waters of Lake Erie by 40% over the next 10 years, with an interim goal of a 20% reduction by 2020. Phosphorus is a key nutrient that has led to algal […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Ruling in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other interveners on July 6, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). Established in 2010, the TMDL requires reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, […]

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CIRIA Releases Tool for Assessing SuDS Benefits

On July 1, the construction industry research and information association (CIRIA), based in London, UK, released a spreadsheet-based tool and associated guidance for assessing the benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With the Benefits of SuDS Tool, called BeST for short, users can evaluate a wide range of benefits, typically based on overall drainage […]

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Water Quality Trading Markets Driven By Need to Comply

In June, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) had to shelve the first-ever public auction of water quality trading credits due to a lack of bidders. By installing best management practices, farmers in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana generated 90,000 credits as part of EPRI’s pilot, interstate Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading project. Currently, however, […]

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Vermont Passes Clean Water Law Focused on Stormwater

On June 17, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation addressing polluted stormwater runoff. The legislation (H.35) gives the state government additional tools, resources, and the obligation to reduce polluted runoff from farm fields, roads, parking lots, and other developed areas. Specifically, H.35 enables the state to: help towns implement modern stormwater management systems […]

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Duke University Opens Reclamation Pond

On May 8, Duke University in Durham, N.C., opened a major stormwater reuse facility — an $11.5-million, 2.2-ha (5.5-ac) pond. The stormwater collected in the pond will be used to make chilled water. The major driver for this project was the 2008 drought. With the new system in place, the university will be able to […]

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Microbes in Stormwater Canals Could Help Clean Raw Water

A 7-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways can play an important role in cleansing Singapore’s waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. The study found that canals designed to channel stormwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralize organic pollutants, nutrients, and metals in raw water. Organic pollutants […]

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