Archive | October, 2013

EPA Releases Guide to Green Infrastructure at Brownfield Sites

On Sept. 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a short 15-page guide on how to determine if green infrastructure should be used on a particular brownfield site. Brownfields can be attractive areas to implement stormwater management features. However, the potential to mobilize pollutants and contaminate groundwater must be considered when looking at infiltration-based practices. […]

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Natural Resources Department Must Consider Downstream Impacts of Phosphorus, Court Rules

On Sept. 19, a circuit court rejected the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) assertion that considering the downstream effects of phosphorus from an industrial dairy processing plant was merely optional. Based on the court’s decision, in issuing a discharge permit, the DNR must set a phosphorus limit that is protective of water quality in […]

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EPA Announces Urban Waters Small Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the request for proposals for its 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants program. This year, EPA plans to provide $1.6 million for research, training, surveys, and demonstrations advancing the restoration of urban waters while simultaneously revitalizing communities and fulfilling other local priorities. Grants will range from $40,000 to […]

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Sacramento Mayor Unveils Resiliency Road Map

On Sept. 23 at the U.S. Green Building Council’s National Leadership Speaker Series, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., outlined a blueprint for advancing resiliency in America as part of the Resilient Communities for America (RC4A) Campaign. The campaign, led by ICLEI USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, the National League of Cities, and the […]

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EPA Announces Green Infrastructure Strategic Agenda

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe announced the agency’s new Green Infrastructure Agenda on Oct. 21 at the Green Infrastructure Summit in Syracuse, N.Y. Since 2007, EPA has actively supported the use of green infrastructure to manage wet weather and has released a series of policy memos encouraging the use of green […]

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EPA Releases Report on Water Body Connectivity

In late September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board released a draft version of Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. The final report will provide guidance to the joint EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rulemaking aimed at clarifying the scope […]

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Illinois and Chicago Make Investments in Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 7 at WEFTEC® 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy Initiative. Over the next 5 years, Chicago will invest $50 million in green infrastructure — one of the largest voluntary investments by an American city. The goal to reduce 946,250 m3 of polluted runoff to the Chicago River […]

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Panelists Discuss Nontraditional Financing Mechanisms at WEFTEC 2013

On Oct. 9, during a discussion forum at WEFTEC® 2013, a panel provided insight on innovative financing mechanisms for stormwater infrastructure. Panelists discussed ways to use State Revolving Funds, incentive-based programs, and public–private partnerships to close the water infrastructure capital gap, which will approach $84 billion in 2020, according to the American Society of Civil […]

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U.K. Turns Red River Blue

Turning red streams blue is taking on a whole new meaning in Britain. On maps, red streams typically denote impaired waters while healthy streams are shown in blue. However, the Medlock, a major river in England, is known as the red river for the 8 million red Accrington bricks that line the river culvert. The […]

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WEF Releases White Paper on Hosting LID Design Competitions

In May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) held a workshop on low impact development (LID) design competitions. The workshop was a discussion forum for cities that have held competitions and offered a training opportunity for those with interest. The project, funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant, included the development of a white paper on […]

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