Archive | March, 2013

Check it Out: Saving Streams With Rain Gardens

StormwaterPA and GreenTreks Network recently released a new video, Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time. The video is set in Ambler, Pa., which is immediately upstream from Philadelphia and in the Wisshickon watershed. During the next several years, the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council is encouraging homeowners to plant 100 rain gardens. The […]

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NatLab Report Highlights Strategies for Leveraging Private Investment in Green Infrastructure

On March 6, the Natural Infrastructure Finance Laboratory (NatLab) released a report on developing private markets for green infrastructure. The report, Creating Clean Water Cash Flows, focuses on attracting private investment in green infrastructure on public and private land. Strategies discussed include project aggregation; offsite mitigation and credit trading programs; subsidies; public–private partnerships; and transformation […]

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Mount Evelyn Pilot Project Advances Stormwater Capture and Use

On Feb. 26, the water minister of the Australian state of Victoria announced a pilot project in Mount Evelyn. The goal of the project is to mitigate water quality problems in Little Stringybark Creek caused primarily by runoff from increasing urban development. Local community, educational researchers, and Melbourne Water have been promoting rainwater tanks and […]

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USGS Tool Informs Pennsylvania Water Resource Managers

Using a new tool from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), water resource managers in Pennsylvania can now easily estimate daily baseline streamflows in streams without gages. USGS announced the Baseline Streamflow Estimator (BaSE) on Feb. 22, and Pennsylvania is one of the first states in the nation to have such a tool. BaSE uses 50 […]

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USGS Releases Map of U.S. Evapotranspiration Rates

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced that it has mapped long-term evapotranspiration rates across the continental U.S. for the first time. Evapotranspiration is water that is lost to the atmosphere via evaporation and plant transpiration, and it has a large impact on water availability. According to USGS, half of annual rainfall is […]

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WEF Joins Others To Oppose Cuts in Farm Conservation Programs

In a Feb. 28 letter to the chairs and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and House appropriation committees, the Water Environment Federation joined 27 other water and conservation organizations in opposing cuts to Farm Bill agricultural conservation programs from remaining fiscal year 2013 appropriations. Cuts could affect the level of U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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WEF Comments on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement Initiatives

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provided comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s national enforcement initiatives for fiscal years 2014 to 2016. WEF supported these six initiatives, particularly the first priority to prevent sewer overflows. WEF applauds the agency’s integrated planning and permitting efforts, and encourages development of additional guidance on sanitary sewer overflows and peak […]

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WEF Releases Compendium of Global Stormwater Articles

The Water Environment Federation has compiled several stormwater articles from World Water and Water Environment & Technology into 2012 Global Water Issues Vol. III: Stormwater. This publication, available for downloading at no charge, includes articles on the application of Hydro International’s Downstream Defender® in Malaysia, the use of urban trees in controlling runoff, and the […]

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NASA’s Landsat 8 Continues 40 Years of Natural Resource Monitoring

On Feb. 11, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched Landsat 8 as part of its Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM). The Earth-observation satellite continues 40 years of service by its predecessors in monitoring Earth’s natural resources. The satellite is equipped with an Operational Land Imager to observe water quality and a thermal […]

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Seattle Executive Order Sets Lofty Green Infrastructure Goal

On March 6, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued an executive order that promotes the use of green infrastructure to treat 3785 L (1000 gal) of stormwater per resident per year by 2025. In total, this is 2.65 billion L (700 million gal) of stormwater treated annually via natural systems, or six times the current amount […]

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