Archive | May, 2014

SEMCOG Adopts Green Infrastructure Vision

On April 3, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) announced that its general assembly adopted the Green Infrastructure Vision for Southeast Michigan. The vision ties together components of the region’s green infrastructure into an identified system and, for the first time, benchmarks existing green infrastructure, lays out a future vision, and provides policy recommendations […]

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Senate Holds Hearing on Highway Stormwater

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, chaired by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), held a hearing May 13 on stormwater runoff in transportation infrastructure. The hearing examined the effects of stormwater runoff on the water quality of receiving streams as well as opportunities for protecting downstream infrastructure from the effects of uncontrolled stormwater runoff. […]

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Buffers Help Maintain Clean Waterways

Riparian buffers can help prevent pollution in agricultural runoff from reaching waterways. According to the Environmental Working Group, Minnesota is a national leader in recognizing buffers for this purpose. However, based on a new study by the group, only 18% of the state’s waterways in agricultural areas are fully protected by the required 15-m (50-ft) […]

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Wetlands Provide Environmental and Economic Benefits

On Earth Day, the Georgia Ports Authority unveiled nearly 6 ha (14 ac) of recently created wetlands. The 2.5-year, $3.7 million project treats 378,500 m3 (100 million gal.) of water annually and creates natural wildlife habitat in the heart of the nation’s fourth busiest container terminal. The wetlands harness natural filtering processes to help protect […]

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USGS Data Shows Nitrate Increases in Mississippi River Basin

On April 11, as part of Water Week 2014, the Water Environment Federation and the Northeast Midwest Institute hosted a briefing by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) on Capitol Hill. The briefing focused on findings and trends in nutrients and pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers. Speakers primarily discussed the Mississippi […]

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As Storm Surge and Sea Levels Rise, So Does Innovation

Increases in storm surge and sea level rise have increased the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan sea wall at least 20-fold compared to 170 years ago, according to a new study. Using old records, Portland State University and Stevens Institute of Technology researchers found that maximum water levels in New York harbor during major […]

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Stormwater Outreach Programs Target Schools

The Winooski Conservation District (WNRCD) will develop a project entitled Let it Rain – Soak it for Schools! With funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program announced May 5, the Soak it for Schools! Program seeks to expand stormwater knowledge in Vermont schools and will target four core focus areas — education, communication, demonstration, and […]

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National Forest Service Makes Changes to Protect Water Resources

On May 2, the National Forest Service (NFS) announced that it will use best management practices (BMPs) to improve and protect water quality on national forests and grasslands, an action it calls an integral component of watershed stewardship and land management. NFS is proposing amendments to its internal Manual for Water Quality Management, establishing a […]

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Paper Explores Green Infrastructure Health Benefits

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has released a research paper on the connections between green infrastructure, health, and community resiliency. The GRHC paper, “Exploring Connections Between Green Infrastructure & Healthy & Resilient Communities,” reviews a growing body of literature illustrating how building and community design has profound consequences for human health and happiness. In […]

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EPA Releases Online Interactive Ecosystem Mapping Tool

On May 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of EnviroAtlas. The interactive ecosystem mapping tool is web-based and integrates more than 300 separate data layers. EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems and their benefits, including protection from hurricanes and floods. It also can help decision-makers understand the environmental implications of […]

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