Archive | July, 2012

Check It Out! Butts Only Box

Cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items, but inventor Ken Beckstead hopes to change that with his Butts Only Box®. The boxes have a unique design that makes it easy to throw butts in on the go — on roads or trails, for example. A grated opening also keeps human hands and [...]

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Share Your Ingenious Stormwater Solutions

Sometimes problem-solving with the tools at hand results in brilliant solutions. The Water Environment Federation is hosting an Ingenuity Contest for all clever ideas related to stormwater and wastewater, from treatment to management. For example, using duct tape and a shop vacuum, operators at the Village of Andes (N.Y.) Wastewater Treatment Plant designed a simple [...]

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The Role of Water Utilities in Stormwater Management

Water is often compartmentalized into drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. However, all three sectors have the common goal of protecting watersheds. In June, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) hosted its 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, which included several speakers on source water protection. Speakers discussed the impacts of stormwater on water quality and the [...]

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U.S. and Brazil Promote Sustainable Urban Development With New Website

At the Rio+20 Conference, held June 20 to 22, the U.S. and Brazil announced a new website supporting the U.S.–Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability. The goal of the initiative and the site is to increase investments and expand markets for clean technology and sustainable urban infrastructure. Browse the site by sectors, including water quality [...]

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Florida Invests in Everglades Water Quality Projects

The federal government is investing more than $1.4 billion in restoring the Florida Everglades. In coordination with the State of Florida, programs will focus on improving water quality and protecting habitat. One project already planned is the restoration of 1215 ha (3000 ac) of floodplain along the Kissimmee River. In addition, 24,300 ha (60,000 ac) [...]

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WERF Releases Guidance on Using and Evaluating Innovative Stormwater Controls

In June, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released two stormwater publications that are available free to WERF subscribers. The first, Tools For Evaluating The Benefits Of Green Infrastructure for Urban Water Management, discusses criteria, metrics, and protocols for measuring green infrastructure benefits. This discussion includes data collection and performance measurements, as well as two [...]

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WERF Announces Call for 2012 Unsolicited Research Proposals

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals related to wastewater, stormwater, and water quality for its 2012 Unsolicited Research Program. WERF will consider new research ideas, as well as those building on existing research. Those interested should check the WERF website for a list of ongoing, completed, and planned research to avoid duplication. [...]

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U.S. EPA Issues CSO Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring Guidance

Regulated communities are expected to develop Long Term Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Plans as part of the 1994 CSO Control Policy. One requirement of the long-term plan is drafting a post-construction compliance monitoring program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a guidance document to help with this step. The guidance focuses primarily on verifying [...]

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U.S. EPA Releases Fact Sheets on Green Infrastructure and Watersheds

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a series of six fact sheets and four supplements  on incorporating green infrastructure into control programs. The fact sheets are part of EPA’s permitting and enforcement series and cover general accountability considerations, combined and sanitary sewer overflows, stormwater, total maximum daily loads, and water quality standards. In [...]

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WEF Releases Manual on Design of Urban Stormwater Controls

The Water Environment Federation and American Society of Civil Engineers recently released Design of Urban Stormwater Controls. This Manual of Practice walks readers through setting water quality performance goals and selecting the right stormwater management practice and design to meet those goals. The manual covers the design of basins, swales and strips, filters, infiltrators, gross [...]

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