Archive | December, 2013

Washington County Could Test Regional Stormwater Basin Model

Clean Water services and the Washington County Commissioners may use North Bethany, an area of Oregon currently being developed, as a test site for regional stormwater basins rather than individual basins in each development. Under the regional model outlined in the county’s concept plan, North Bethany would build 18 basins rather than 200, at a […]

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New Wetland Restoration Method Proves Successful in Texas

Over a period of 10 years, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, as part of the Wetland Restoration Team, has helped to restore 55 ha (135 ac) of prairie wetland habitat at Sheldon Lake State Park near Houston. The team is using a new method that researchers say will change how restoration and creation of these […]

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Conservation Practices Improving Runoff Quality in Chesapeake Bay, NRCS Report Says

According a report released Dec. 5 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), conservation practices are reducing nutrients and sediment in runoff headed to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since 2006, practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers through the Farm Bill have reduced the nitrogen leaving fields by 26% or 22,000 Mg […]

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Courts Strike Down Stormwater Fees

In mid-November, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) stormwater fee is actually a tax, which violates the state’s constitution because it was established without voter approval. The court opinion states, “A tax by any other name remains a tax. It cannot be transformed into a user fee by […]

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EPA Announces $400,000 in Technical Assistance for Green Infrastructure

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $400,000 in direct technical assistance for communities to implement green infrastructure for improving water quality and building more sustainable communities. The goal of this assistance is to provide communities with the tools, resources, and information to achieve green infrastructure goals and is part of the […]

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EPA and USDA Partner to Support Water Quality Trading

On Dec. 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a partnership to further water quality trading. Their goal is to improve water quality through a market-driven approach that provides a cost-effective means for complying with Clean Water Act requirements. Trading allows regulated entities to purchase and use pollutant […]

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Report Highlights Value of Coastal Forested Wetlands Along Gulf of Mexico

In late November, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities released a report on coastal forests in the five Gulf of Mexico states. The report discusses the value of freshwater forested wetlands and other forest types, which reduce nutrients to the gulf and provide wildlife habitat, storm surge protection, stormwater retention, groundwater recharge, and carbon […]

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Chesapeake Bay Trust Opens Application Process for Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust recently opened its Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns grant program for applications. The program, funded in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, supports the president’s Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order. It funds the design and implementation of green infrastructure, urban tree […]

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Still Impaired, Chesapeake Bay Shows Signs of Improvement

On Nov. 27, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) released the “Bay Barometer,” a report detailing long- and short-term health trends of the bay and progress made throughout the watershed. Although the CBP says restoration work provides cause for optimism, ecological indicators continue to show impairment due to excess nutrients, chemical contaminants, and resource demands, the […]

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Wetland Losses Increase, Study Reports

Between 2004 and 2009, the U.S. experienced a reduction of nearly 146,000 ha (360,720 ac.) of coastal wetlands, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report released Nov. 21. According to the report, “Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States,” […]

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