Archive | October, 2012

Check it Out! Green to Earn Green

American Rivers recently launched its Green to Earn Green, a tool that helps users design a green roof using Google Maps. Users can simply type in their address, find their roof, and select the surface area to green. The tool automatically calculates the money saved and runoff prevented with the user’s green roof design.

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Infil Philadelphia Showcases Green Infrastructure Projects and Hosts Design Competition

The Community Design Collaborative started Infil Philadelphia to promote workable, innovative design solutions to revitalizing older urban neighborhoods. Infil Philadelphia: Soak It Up! focuses on green stormwater infrastructure and will showcase selected projects from Sept. 17 to Oct. 19 at Philadelphia’s Center for Architecture. It also is hosting a national green infrastructure design competition, with […]

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Vermont Announces Green Infrastructure Initiative

On Oct. 3, Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) announced a statewide green infrastructure initiative for managing stormwater. ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears also announced that Vermont received $245,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Vermont will use the money to help municipalities plan and implement […]

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Public Comment Opens on Sustainable Sites Rating System

The Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) 2013 Prerequisites and Credits document is open for public comment until Nov. 5. SITES is a certification and rating system that provides “voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.” It applies to both open spaces and those with buildings, and addresses hydrology, soils, […]

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Government Efforts Focus on Mississippi Water Quality

The Mississippi River helps create $105 billion worth of U.S. gross domestic product and provides 18 million people with drinking water. New and continuing efforts are under way to improve and assess water quality. From Sept. 12 to 14, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative held its first meeting, a 2-day conference with 41 […]

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U.S., Canada Sign Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 2012

On Sept. 7, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent signed an updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. For the first time in 25 years, the revised agreement commits the two countries to implementing Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts based on input from municipalities, tribes, states, […]

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U.S. EPA Withholds Grant Money From Virginia Due to Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withholding $1.2 million in grant money from Virginia, which was originally supposed to receive $2.4 million for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts. EPA cited a lack of progress in reducing stormwater runoff from urban areas through strong and enforceable permits. Virginia is addressing weak points in the state’s stormwater […]

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Lawsuit Challenges Chesapeake Water Quality Trading Program

Food and Water Watch and Friends of the Earth have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The groups seek to invalidate the water quality trading scheme set up under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The groups claim that the “pay-to-pollute” trading program is illegal, undermines compliance with the TMDL, […]

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NOAA Announces $800,000 for Living Shorelines

At an Aug. 30 press conference, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced $800,000 in federal, state, and private funding for Living Shorelines, a program to manage shoreline erosion in Chesapeake Bay. The program focuses on using sand and plants, which also create shoreline habitat, as opposed to bulkheads and seawalls, which can increase […]

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University of North Carolina Stormwater Utility Tool Enables Rate Comparisons

The University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center has released a beta version of the 2012 NC Stormwater Utility Fees Dashboard. The tool enables users to compare, by impervious area, both residential and nonresidential fees charged by North Carolina stormwater utilities. The tool also gives users information on how bills are collected, revenues, and rate […]

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