Archive | November, 2012

Check it Out! Stormwater Pump Station Disguised as House

A Tampa, Fla., stormwater pump station designed to alleviate neighborhood flooding has been disguised as a house. The fake home will come complete with driveways and porches in the front and back, landscaping, a fence, and even a chimney. The 111-m2 (1200-ft2) “home” will have a bathroom and rooms for electrical equipment and a generator. […]

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Norman, Okla., Residential Community Tests Rain Garden Effectiveness

In the Trail Woods residential community of Norman, Okla., a rain garden experiment is under way. On one side of a cul-de-sac, rain gardens are installed next to the street, and on the other side, grass extends to the curb. The University of Oklahoma will monitor the performance of the rain gardens and compile its […]

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Washington State Court of Appeals Finds Clark County in Violation Clean Water Act

On Sept. 26, the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that Clark County was not adequately meeting its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. This case was an appeal of an earlier 2011 ruling by the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB). Under the Washington state permitting system, permitees are required to reduce stormwater […]

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Hinkson Creek in Missouri Shows Signs of Improvement

Hinkson Creek was the site of an earlier dispute between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local Missouri government and academic groups over a total maximum daily load (TMDL) requiring stormwater flow reductions. This summer, EPA dropped the flow-based surrogate from the TMDL. Now, preliminary data are showing that stormwater management actions taken by […]

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NYC Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory Is Now Ready

New York City P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village now has the largest green roof on a school in the Big Apple. The 836-m2 (9000-ft2) Green Roof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL) features an outdoor classroom. Students will receive hands-on lessons related to sustainability, environmental stewardship, and urban gardening. The school, located in a dense urban environment, […]

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ACWA Releases Survey on the Use of Biological Indicators To Assess Nutrient Pollution

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), half of U.S. rivers, lakes, and streams and 60% of bays and estuaries are impaired by nutrients from urban and agricultural runoff and other sources. The Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) recently released a survey on the use of biological indicators in state water programs. The […]

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U.S. Forest Service Awards $3 Million in Grants To Protect Great Lakes

Last month, The Stormwater Report covered new efforts to protect Great Lakes water quality. On Oct. 11, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $3 million in grants to Great Lakes states, including Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois, and Indiana. The money, given as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, was awarded to projects that […]

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U.S. EPA Announces $3 Million in Grants for Green Infrastructure Performance Studies

Quantifying the performance and effectiveness of green infrastructure is necessary to determine if this approach can deliver on water quality goals. On Oct. 10, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will provide up to $3 million in grants to study Philadelphia’s green infrastructure projects within a 16,400-ha (40,500-ac) area that has frequent sewer overflows. […]

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Low Impact Development Symposium Call for Abstracts Is Open

The call for abstracts for the 2013 Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium is open until Dec. 19. The conference, to be held Aug. 18 to 21 in St. Paul, Minn., is being coordinated by states, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The call for abstracts covers a wide range of LID topics, from cutting-edge research to applications […]

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U.S. NRCS Releases Lessons Learned Report on Improving Water Quality Via Agricultural Conservation Practices

In the most recent assessment of U.S. waterbodies, agricultural runoff was listed as the leading source of water quality impairment in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. In August, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service released several resources synthesizing lessons learned from 13 agricultural conservation practices aimed at improving water quality. This project and others […]

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