Archive | January, 2013

WEF Launches Stormwater Report Website

The January edition of Stormwater Report marks the launch of a new Water Environment Federation (WEF) website dedicated entirely to stormwater news. On the home page, find the most recent news and feature story. All news stories on the site are searchable, and information is categorized by news type, region, and topic—see both broad categories […]

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Federal Court Rules on Accotink Creek TMDL Case

On Jan. 3, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority in establishing a flow-based total maximum daily load (TMDL) for Accotink Creek in Fairfax, Va.  The flow-based TMDL used stormwater runoff as a surrogate for sediment loading in the stream. The court decided the case in favor of […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Flood Control District

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court decision. The Supreme Court supported Los Angeles County’s view that water flowing between natural and channelized sections is simply a transfer of the same water and should not be seen as a permitted discharge. “Under the Clean Water Act, does […]

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WEF Seeks Reviewers for Wet Weather Publication

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) Technical Practice Committee is looking for individuals willing to serve as reviewers for a WEF Special Publication titled Risk-Based Planning for Wet Weather. This update of the 2006 WEF Guide to Managing Peak Wet Weather Flows in Municipal Wastewater Collection and Treatment Systems will serve as a fundamental framework for […]

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Online Atlas Displays LID Projects Across the U.S.

The National Low Impact Development (LID) Atlas is an interactive webmap highlighting examples of innovative stormwater projects around the U.S. It contains 850 points that highlight vegetated swales, rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavement, and other low-impact/green infrastructure practices. The map can be sorted by type of practice, state, and land-use type. State-specific versions of […]

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U.S. National Research Council Calls for Enhanced Nationwide Water Quality Monitoring

In December, the U.S. National Research Council released the print version of Preparing for the Third Decade (Cycle 3) of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program — a report calling for improved water quality monitoring nationwide. The report is a review of past NAWQA accomplishments and includes recommendations for the future, Cycle 3 (2013–2023). Bill […]

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Green Infrastructure Agreement Forged between DC Water, U.S. EPA, and the District of Columbia

On Dec. 14, DC Water, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement to focus on green infrastructure. The partnership, Clean Rivers, Green District, will enhance efforts to investigate the use of green infrastructure in the D.C. area. This may expand and expedite a series of pilot green infrastructure projects planned […]

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Rome, N.Y., Receives State Environment Agency Award for Canopy Restoration Project

On Dec. 5, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced its Environmental Excellence Awards. One of the projects awarded is an innovative approach to stormwater management by the City of Rome in Oneida County. The city’s Canopy Restoration Project focused on using urban forestry to reuse vacant building space, increase property value, reduce […]

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Knox County, Tenn., Receives Grant for Stormwater Demonstration Park

On Nov. 9, the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced $750,000 for nine watershed improvement projects. Knox County was awarded $95,400 in funding to complete Phase 2 of the Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration Park. The 6-ha (15-ac) park is on a previously abandoned tract. A wetland will filter runoff, and the park will contain other stormwater […]

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Imagine H2O Announces Water Prize Finalists

On Dec. 12, Imagine H2O announced the finalists for its 2012 water startups prize. PaveDrain, LLC is among the early revenue track finalists. The company offers a permeable-pavement option that utilizes arched blocks. According to PaveDrain, the arched shape improves structural integrity and maximizes stormwater capacity. Imagine H2O inspires and empowers individuals and emerging companies […]

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