Archive | June, 2014

Rebuild by Design Winners Announced as National Climate Assessment is Released

On May 6, the Obama administration released the third National Climate Assessment for the United States, confirming that climate change is affecting every region of the U.S. and key sectors of the economy. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the report is the most comprehensive and authoritative scientific report generated about climate change […]

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New York City Funds Flood Mitigation Projects For Source Water Protection

For 21 years, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered its watershed protection program. The program allows the city to avoid filtration and makes it the largest unfiltered water supply in the nation, serving more than 9 million New Yorkers. In early May, the state health department approved revisions to New […]

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California Can Sustainably Supply Cities’ Water Needs, Says New Report

According to a new report released June 10 by the Pacific Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California could save up to 17.3 million cubic meters of untapped water. According to the issue brief, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” this is more than the amount of water used in all of California’s […]

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UK SuDS Legislation Delayed

The winter of 2013-2014 was the UK’s wettest on record with more than 7800 homes and nearly 3000 commercial properties flooded, according to the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). However, in late May, the agency announced in an email the delay of Schedule 3 of the Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) legislation […]

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Illinois First State To Ban Microbeads

On June 8, Illinois became the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 2727, which was sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Representative Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago). The bill will require synthetic microbeads to be removed from manufacturing by […]

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Chesapeake Bay Partners Sign New Watershed Agreement

On June 16, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, committing Chesapeake Bay Program partners to a set of interrelated goals to advance the restoration, conservation, and protection of the bay, its tributaries, and the lands that surround them. Agreement signatories included the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and […]

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Eleven Lessons Learned from Fairfax County’s Flood Response Program

Learning from experience, Fairfax County stormwater engineers have identified 11 lessons that are important to the success of any flood response program.

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Researchers Study Duckweed’s Potential for Removing Nitrogen

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University are looking at the fast-growing aquatic plant duckweed as a bioremediation agent. Often considered a nuisance plant, some species can double every 36 hours. However, it is the plants’ fast-growing nature that makes them so effective at taking up certain pollutants, particularly nitrogen, […]

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EPA Awards $860,000 in Grants for Green Infrastructure

On April 30, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $860,000 to help 14 communities expand their use of green infrastructure to reduce water pollution and boost climate change resilience, which supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Funding for the 14 communities spans states from Maine to California. Beyond funding stormwater infrastructure, EPA also is […]

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