Archive | September, 2013

Australian Stormwater Controls Must Combat Droughts and Floods

Australia is a country of droughts and flooding, and new initiatives are helping the country tackle both problems. In Melbourne, local government schools and homeowners recently achieved the region’s goal of building 10,000 rain gardens. The Melbourne Water 10,000 Raingarden Program, started in 2008, focused on the Port Phillip and Westernport regions. Local councils started […]

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Program Expands

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay Trust announced the continuation and expansion of the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs (G3) Initiative. These groups have formed a strong federal-state-and-local partnership, and provided a joint investment of $3.4 million to the G3 Initiative. The goal of the […]

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Greater New Orleans Releases Urban Water Plan

On Sept. 6, Greater New Orleans, Inc., a regional economic development alliance, released their urban water plan. The goal is to reduce flooding and subsidence while increasing the quality of life for area residents through efficient and aesthetically pleasing designs. The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan was funded by a $2.5 million Community Development […]

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Check it Out: Using Twitter to Stay Up To Date on Stormwater

Remember when tweeting was only for the birds? Now, take advantage of Twitter by following @WEFstormwater. On a day-to-day basis the Water Environment Federation tweets about stormwater news and events. During the Stormwater Congress, WEF will be tweeting live from the event with pictures and news. Tweets that include the text #stormwater will be posted […]

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Federal Court Upholds EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL

On Sept. 13, a federal court in Pennsylvania upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). What has been called the bay pollution diet is the largest and most complex TMDL to date. The suit against the EPA was filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and […]

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Eastern Rivers Increase in Alkalinity, Says Study

Researchers from the universities of Virginia and Maryland were surprised to find eastern U.S. rivers increasing in alkalinity. In a study of 97 rivers from New Hampshire to Florida, researchers found that two-thirds have become more alkaline over time spans of 25 and 60 years. This increased alkalinity is affecting rivers that provide water to […]

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WEF Announces Winners of Stormwater Video Competition

The StormTV Project is a video competition developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) with the goal of sharing creative ways of managing stormwater, improving water quality, and informing the public about stormwater management. Winners include LandStudies, Inc.; Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; the Chesapeake Bay Program; WesTech Engineering, Inc.; and the Washington Stormwater Center. […]

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WEF Hosts Innovative Stormwater Finance Forum

In July, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted meetings on water infrastructure financing. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will continue that conversation, pushing the envelope on innovative financing in the stormwater sector. The forum — Session 624: Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Finance Forum — will take place at […]

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Join Stormwater Congress Session on Stakeholder Engagement Online

For those who cannot make it to the Stormwater Congress or for those whose schedules are full with the congress’ 19 technical sessions, pavilion programming, and more, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) invites water professionals to join the conference via WEFTEC On Demand. WEF will broadcast one stormwater session — Creating Meaningful Dialog to Support […]

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Test Your Stormwater Knowledge

The Water Environment Federation published eight books this year, including two on stormwater: Guide for Municipal Wet Weather Strategies and User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs. Find these books online, or visit the bookstore at WEFTEC for books and games, including Spot the Croc, Coffee Hour, and the $500 Wastewater Trivia Challenge. All WEFTEC and Stormwater Congress attendees […]

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