Archive | September, 2012

Hurricane Isaac Puts New Orleans Drainage System to the Test

Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina breeched New Orleans’ levees causing flooding in about 80% of the city. However, New Orleans now boosts a new $14.5 billion flood protection system designed for a 100-year storm. The system consists of 563 kilometers (350 miles) of levees, floodwalls, floodgates, surge barriers, and pump stations. The Inner Harbor Navigation [...]

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Center for Biological Diversity Aims to Stop Plastic Pollution

On Aug. 22, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national water quality criteria for plastics. According to the petition, every year plastic threatens hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and sea birds due to entanglement and ingestion, and its main source is urban runoff. The Center for [...]

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California Introduces New Pesticide Regulations

In late July, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new restrictions on structural pest control applications, which are applied around buildings to control ants, spiders, and other insects. The goal is to protect urban water quality by limiting pesticides applied on impervious surfaces and eliminating spraying during rainfall, on standing water, or over [...]

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Mayor Bloomberg Celebrates First Harvest of NYC’s Largest Rooftop Garden

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg toured Brooklyn Grange’s second location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as the new rooftop farm celebrated its first harvest. Brooklyn Grange is New York’s largest rooftop farm at 4000 m2 (43,000 ft2) and was financed in part by a New York City Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure Grant. [...]

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In Focus: Save the Rain To Protect Onondaga Lake

In 2009, Syracuse, N.Y., became the first community with a legal responsibility to reduce combined sewer overflows using green infrastructure. Save the Rain is Onondaga County’s green infrastructure campaign to improve Onondaga Lake’s water quality. By 2018, the county plans to capture 946 million liters (250 million gallons) of stormwater per year by constructing more [...]

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Australia Announces $42 Million for Stormwater Harvesting and Use

On Aug. 8, the Australian government announced $42 million in grant funding for nine stormwater harvesting and use projects. The projects will help the country capture and treat more than 5.5 billion liters of stormwater per year for irrigation and industrial purposes. Particularly in dry climates, these projects help Australia diversify water supplies and avoid [...]

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Tennessee Offers Green Infrastructure Grants

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer $350,000 in green infrastructure grants to local governments. Local governments must provide a 20% match and submit proposals by Sept. 30. Learn more.

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Cincinnati Zoo Incorporates Stormwater Features into Africa Exhibit

Earlier this summer, Sarah ran a 100-meter dash in 5.95 seconds, the fastest recorded 100-meter run by any animal on the planet and more than 3.5 seconds faster than world-record-holder Usain Bolt. Sarah is a cheetah living in the Africa exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo — recognized as one of the greenest zoos in the [...]

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DDOE Releases Proposed Rulemaking and Draft Guidance on Stormwater Management

On Aug. 10, the District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) published its Proposed Rulemaking on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. Along with the proposed rule, DDOE also released a Draft Stormwater Management Guidebook. Public comment on the proposed rule and draft guidance is open until Nov. 8. The proposed rule [...]

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EPA Opens Registration for New Campus RainWorks Challenge Competition

Registration opened Sept. 4 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge. Student teams of undergraduate and graduate students are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn [...]

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