Archive | November, 2013

Reducing Nitrogen in Waterbodies May Take Longer than Previously Thought, Studies Show

Nitrogen has been the subject of several studies over the last month. On Nov. 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a study showing that efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment delivery to the Chesapeake Bay may be delayed due to the slow speeds at which groundwater moves. This particular study focuses on nitrogen from […]

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Environmental Groups Release New Reports on Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report analyzing the economic benefits of green infrastructure. According to EPA, green infrastructure is economically beneficial when used where appropriate to supplement traditional stormwater infrastructure. The report includes 13 case studies that cover a variety of different cost-benefit analyses. It was prepared so that […]

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Fungi Help Remove Bacteria from Stormwater

A recent article by Oregon Public Broadcasting returned this past research to the forefront. In 2012, the Fungi Perfecti Research Lab, founded by mycologist Paul Stamets received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test a concept called mycofiltration for removing bacteria from stormwater. Mycofiltration involves using fungi as biological filters. What most […]

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House and Senate to Reconcile Water Resources Bill

On Oct. 23, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, with a 417 to 3 vote. H.R. 3080 is now in conference to resolve the differences between it and Senate bill S. 601, passed in May. If the final bill is approved by the president, this […]

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China Issues Urban Drainage Decree

In October, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang issued a decree on urban drainage and wastewater treatment that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The decree is an effort to curb flooding and decrease water pollution, a situation the ministry said remains grave. The decree will apply to governments above the county level and requires […]

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Legislation Introduced to Support Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure

On Nov. 12, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013, which will provide essential tools for communities looking to invest in advanced stormwater strategies to manage polluted runoff and protect clean water. The bills have the potential to provide new jobs, reduce costs and improve […]

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Air Force Petition Questions Retention Standard and Other Aspects of Stormwater Permit

The Air Force is challenging the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) to require strict stormwater retention requirements for runoff and seeks to clarify the EPA’s mandate to reduce pollutant discharges to the maximum extent practicable. The Buckley Air Force Base’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requires the Air Force to reduce […]

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Congress Provides Home For Stormwater Professionals Within WEFTEC

WEFTEC® 2013 made history as the largest conference and exhibition in WEFTEC’s 86-year history. In early October, 22,589 water professionals converged on Chicago, and 971 companies hosted booths totaling 27,630 m2 (297,400 sq. ft.) of exhibit hall space. This year was also a first for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Congress. Cohosted with WEFTEC, […]

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Chicago’s Streets, Alleys, and Islands of the Future

In many cities, aging combined sewer infrastructure has not kept pace with the need generated by expanding concrete landscapes and a changing climate that promises more intense rainstorms. In the WEFTEC® 2013 host city of Chicago, several storms in recent years have reportedly dropped more than 5 cm (2 in.) of rain in a single […]

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WEF Announces WEFTEC 2014 Call for Abstracts

The WEFTEC® 2014 Call for Abstracts, which includes the call for Stormwater Congress abstracts, is open until Dec. 2. The Stormwater Congress and WEFTEC 2014 will be held Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 in New Orleans. Topics submitted through the Call for Abstracts should be mature and proven. Include ideas, concepts, or lessons learned that […]

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