Archive | January, 2012

Check It Out! Websites Offer Valuable Guidance

The Sustainable Cities Institute—a website by the Home Depot Foundation—features green infrastructure and water-related case studies, cost calculators, guides, examples of request for proposals, and more. The Clemson (S.C.) University Extension recently released a resident’s guide for managing stormwater ponds and diagnosing problems such as sedimentation, aquatic weeds, and water pollution.

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Baltimore Launches Healthy Harbors Initiative

The Waterfront Partnership — a coalition of businesses, nonprofit groups, and Baltimore agencies — recently launched the Healthy Harbors Initiative. It is a year-by-year plan to end sewer overflows, eliminate litter, and curb stormwater pollution to make the Baltimore Harbor fishable and swimmable by 2020. The plan details each of these goals, and also discusses […]

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South Carolina Watershed Association Launches iRanger Pilot Program

The Gills Creek Watershed Association (GCWA; Columbia, S.C.) launched iRanger, a pilot project that enables smartphone users to photograph clogged storm drains, sewer-line breaks, illicit dumping, and other issues. MotionX-GPS technology pinpoints the exact location of the problem. Then, users can add a description of the problem and send it directly to GCWA or the […]

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ASCE Seeks Public Comment on Urban Drainage Guidelines

Jan. 1 through Feb. 15 the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.) will solicit public comment on three guidance documents regarding the design, installation, and operation and maintenance of urban subsurface drainage systems. Read more

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USDA Announces $50 Million in Funding for Gulf Coast Water Quality Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated $50 million during the next 3 years to help farmers conserve water and improve water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. This funding aligns with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration task force’s final strategy, which was released by the USDA along with a number of other government […]

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Virginia River Groups Open Low-Impact Design Competition

Potomac Conservancy (Washington, D.C.), Friends of the Rappahannock (Fredericksburg, Va.), and The James River Association (Richmond, Va.) are hosting a low-impact design (LID) competition that challenges developers to find low-cost solutions to achieving pre-development hydrology. Development categories include suburban mixed use, urban infill, and green roadway. A total $15,000 will be awarded to the winner […]

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EPA Solicits Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants Program

On Dec. 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $1.8 million in small grants funding for projects, training, and research aimed at protecting health and restoring urban waters through community revitalization. Examples include education and training for green infrastructure jobs, public education on reducing water pollution, local water quality monitoring programs, developing watershed plans with […]

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NYC Announces $4 Million for Green Infrastructure Grants

In 2012, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection is offering $4 million for community-based green infrastructure grants. The goal is to control stormwater on private property and public sidewalks in combined sewersheds by engaging private property owners, businesses, and nonprofits. Applications are due Feb. 15. Read more

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EPA, DOD To Draft Stormwater MOU for Federal Facilities

During the next 6 months, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to draft a memorandum of understanding. The memo is a response to DOD’s concerns about EPA’s original draft stormwater permit for D.C., which set more stringent standards for federal facilities including a 1.7-inch retention standard […]

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WEF Manual of Practice FD17 – Prevention and Control of Sewer System Overflows

On Dec. 15, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) announced the release of the third edition of Prevention and Control of Sewer Systems Overflows. This manual of practice helps engineers diagnose combined and sanitary sewer overflows, reduce or eliminate overflows, and develop long-term control strategies. Order online.

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