Archive | July, 2013

Financing Urban Retrofits via a Public–Private Partnership

In early July, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hosted a meeting on Financing the Water Infrastructure of the Future. The meeting focused on innovative financing mechanisms, particularly tapping into the resources of the private sector through public–private partnerships (P3s). “Local government is limited in its ability to provide funding necessary to meet […]

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Check it out: Canadian Product Evaluation Group Releases LID Cost Tool

The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a multi-agency initiative led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, evaluates products and practices to increase the implementation of sustainable technologies in Canada. The group recently released a low impact development (LID) costing tool. Data behind the tool is based on an assessment of capital and life cycle […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules On Property Rights Case

On June 25, in a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Florida Supreme Court ruling in favor of Orange County (Fla.) landowner Coy Koontz, ending an 18-year legal battle. In news headlines, the case has been called a property rights victory, an environmental disaster, and a factor of uncertainty among permitting agencies. Part […]

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Report Highlights Progress, Areas of Improvement To Meet 2013 Milestones for Chesapeake Bay TMDL

An interim analysis by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC) finds that bay states are making progress but are not on track to meet all 2013 goals for the bay’s total maximum daily load. Since 2009, states have set 2-year milestones to stay on track for final reductions in nitrogen, […]

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WEF Prepares Robust Program for Stormwater Congress Attendees

Andrew Reese, vice president at AMEC Environment and Infrastructure Inc., will keynote the Stormwater Congress luncheon. Reese will address the ways stormwater and wastewater management differ, especially as these fields address topics associated with financial and asset management issues. He will discuss the rise of the stormwater sector, highlighting that stormwater has started to assume […]

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Climate Change Adaptation Across the U.S.

Droughts are intensifying disputes on water claims in the western United States while other parts of the nation face the devastating effects of flooding. The Mississippi River is among the few rivers that may see fewer floods due to climate change, according to a recent research report published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The […]

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Stormwater Fees Less Common on East Coast

July 1 was the deadline for Baltimore and Maryland’s nine most populous counties to impose watershed protection fees. However, places such as Anne Arundel County, where the fee has been dubbed a “rain tax,” still face steep public opposition to the fee. Maryland has been one of the first states to require a fee. However, […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Stormwater Calculator

On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the National Stormwater Calculator. The new calculator is designed for property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners. It can help users determine what stormwater management practices to install. The desktop application enables users to estimate annual stormwater runoff from a site, based on different scenarios, […]

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Pennsylvania Approves Stormwater Utilities

On July 9, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed SB 351, legislation that gives municipalities the ability to form stormwater utilities. These new authorities will coordinate planning and implementation of stormwater programs by region or watershed. The stormwater utilities can levy a fee to fund programs that address stormwater pollution and flooding. Many Pennsylvania municipalities were […]

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Guide Helps Communities Conserve Naturally Occurring Green Infrastructure

On June 18, the Green Infrastructure Center Inc. (GIC) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a green infrastructure planning guide. The guide aids planners in mapping naturally occurring green infrastructure. This effort can help communities prioritize natural resources for conservation or restoration. For example, natural green spaces can be valuable in […]

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