Archive | May, 2013

EPA Defends Water Quality Trading at Senate Hearing

On May 22, Michael Shapiro, deputy assistant administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, defended water quality trading as consistent with the Clean Water Act. At a hearing of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, part of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Shapiro discussed EPA’s water quality trading policy. The […]

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Senate Republicans Ask EPA to Delay Stormwater Rulemaking

In a May 20 letter, Senate Republicans asked to delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming draft stormwater rule. The rule will set first-time post-construction runoff controls from development sites. The eight Republican senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee charge that the planned rulemaking is “clearly inconsistent” with the Clean Water Act […]

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Researchers Study Mental Well-Being in Relation to Green Space

In late April, researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter published a study on mental well-being in relation to green space. The study utilized 18 years of data from the British Household Panel Survey, which followed more than 10,000 participants in 5000 households. Researchers used the data […]

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DC Water Launches Green Infrastructure Challenge

On May 10, DC Water launched its Green Infrastructure Challenge. The goal of the competition is to challenge firms to retrofit properties for combined sewer overflow control using innovative green infrastructure designs. Design teams should illustrate practicality, because DC Water plans to construct several of the top projects. Data from the projects will be used […]

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Design Competition Seeks To Build a Resilient Rockaway Peninsula

A two-phase design competition in New York City’s Rockaway peninsula seeks storm-resilient and sustainable designs for Rockaway that can serve as models for other vulnerable waterfront communities. Rockaway was significantly damaged by Superstorm Sandy, and the FAR ROC —for a resilient Rockaway — design competition seeks innovative redevelopment strategies for the planning, design, and construction […]

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‘Lily Pad’ Technology Could Help Clean Up Stormwater Pollution

Technology currently used in purification systems for backpackers could be put to use cleaning stormwater contamination in retention ponds or ditches. The “lily pad” could remove chemicals and pathogens from stormwater management facilities before they reach waterways, its developers say. An Oregon startup company called Puralytics will be working with Oregon State University’s Institute for […]

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WERF Releases New Tools and Reports

Flood grouting reduces wet weather sanitary sewer overflows According to a Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) report released in February, flood grouting is a cost-effective solution that can reduce infiltration into sanitary sewers. In Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, stormwater and groundwater were infiltrating defects in the sanitary sewer that had accumulated over time, causing wet weather […]

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U.S. EPA Funding Will Help Repair and Improve Resiliency of Water Quality Infrastructure After Superstorm Sandy

On May 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $569 million in grants will be available to New York and New Jersey. The grants will aid the states in restoring water quality and enhancing flood protection, as well as repairing damages caused by Superstorm Sandy and improving resiliency at water and wastewater treatment […]

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NRCS Offers $35 Million in Assistance for National Water Quality Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is releasing nearly $35 million in financial assistance to farmers and ranchers as part of its second year of funding for the National Water Quality Initiative. The funds will be available in 164 priority watersheds, targeting conservation practices that reduce the delivery of nutrients, sediments, […]

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Check it Out: USDA Releases Water Quality Index

On April 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released a Web tool that can help farmers determine runoff quality on a 10-point ranking scale. The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) takes into account such factors as nutrient management, soil type, conservation practices, and slope. Farmers can use the tool […]

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