Archive | August, 2014

Defra Releases Draft SuDS National Standards

In early July, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) provided an update on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) implementation or Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act. The agency also released Draft SuDs National Standards and Specified Criteria for Sustainable Drainage. The agency restated that it will be unable […]

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Climate Change Already Is Affecting Coastal and Island Communities

According to a recent analysis by Reuters, coastal flooding along the eastern U.S. has increased dramatically over the past four decades with triple the number of days per year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds. Water now reaches flood levels on average 20 days per year in many […]

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North Carolina Passes Source Water Protection Act

On June 30, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed H.B. 894 into law, requiring public water systems to develop source water protection plans for unfiltered surface water supplies. The law creates a standardized format for developing, reviewing, and updating the plans as well as for reporting requirements. The law requires that water systems identify the […]

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Level of Toxics in European Freshwater Greater than Anticipated

European Union member states have called for substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 through the Water Framework Directive. While the European Environment Agency recently released a report on the excellent water quality of swimming beaches, a large-scale study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, both […]

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Summit To Focus on Stormwater Project Opportunities in the GCC

Stormwater management has become crucial in the Middle East due to rapid growing cities, lack of adequate stormwater drainage networks, and the increase in rainfall in the past few years. Governments have increased the scope of activities and funding for this important area. Based on this, Conference Director Basma Dawwas of the International Quality and […]

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New York Provides $13.8 Million to Improve Water Quality on Agricultural Lands

On June 25, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $13.8 million in funding to help more than 200 farms across New York implement enhanced soil and water conservation practices, which in turn will protect New York State’s waterways. These competitive grants were awarded to 32 county soil and water conservation districts, and were provided […]

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