Archive | February, 2014

Insured Losses in 2013 Highest in Canadian History

Canada’s insured loss totaled $3.2 billion (US$2.88 billion) in 2013, the highest in the country’s history, reports the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). The losses of 2013 came after four consecutive years of natural disaster losses for the insurance industry that hit the $1 billion (US$900 million) mark. The largest insured disaster – and Canada’s […]

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Fairfax County Considers Maintenance of Private Stormwater Facilities

Fairfax County, Va. — a 1023 km2 (395 mi2) area with more than 1 million residents — is considering county maintenance of private stormwater management facilities. Many of these features, such as rain gardens, are currently managed by homeowners associations. According to the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, as reported in Fairfax […]

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National Network on Water Quality Trading Launches

The National Network on water quality trading, a coalition of government officials and environmental and industry organizations, launched Jan. 14. The goal of the network is to establish a national dialogue and to “provide options and recommendations to improve consistency, innovation and integrity in water quality trading.” Currently, state and local trading programs exist across […]

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Massachusetts Invests $52 Million in Climate Resiliency Efforts

On Jan. 14, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced $50 million in funds to achieve climate change resiliency in the state’s energy resources, coastal regions and transportation infrastructure. The bulk of the funding will establish a $40 million municipal grant program that seeks to make energy infrastructure more resilient by using clean energy technology. The […]

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Alcosan To Renegotiate CSO Consent Decree

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan), which serves the Pittsburgh, Penn. region, is required under a consent decree to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 2026. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected Alcosan’s proposed $2 billion wet weather sewer system improvement plan as deficient. The plan proposed only grey infrastructure techniques that would address […]

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Federal Agencies Pledge $34 Million for Agriculture Conservation Efforts in Drought-Stricken California

California is in its worst drought in the state’s 160 years of recordkeeping, and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a Drought State of Emergency on Jan. 17. In response, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced funding for water delivery agencies and agricultural producers in early February. The agencies […]

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EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Webcast Series

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a 2014 series of free webcasts related to green infrastructure. New webcasts will debut bimonthly, and old webcasts will be archived within a month. The series is geared toward public officials and communities just starting to implement green infrastructure. Speakers will include experts in stormwater management who will […]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed […]

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WEF Releases White Paper on Stormwater Product Evaluation Program

On Feb 6, 2014, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) Task Force released a white paper recommending a national testing and evaluation program for stormwater products and practices. The goal of a national program would be to meet the growing need for affordable and effective stormwater management […]

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Colorado’s “Taupe Infrastructure”

Colorado is a headwaters state with pristine water quality from mountain streams. Low impact development (LID) is viewed as an option for maintaining those healthy waters and meeting high goals for receiving waters. Unlike many other parts of the U.S., combined sewer overflows are not a stormwater management driver in Colorado, and LID is typically […]

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