Archive | September, 2014

Distributed Systems Could Improve Sustainability and Resilience

On Aug. 21, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, as part of its Charting New Waters initiative, released a report on integrating distributed systems into urban water infrastructure. While centralized water infrastructure has long provided solutions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater, technological developments along with sustainability and resiliency efforts are drawing attention to distributed systems. […]

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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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EPA Releases Updated Erosivity Calculator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor — the “R” in the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation or RUSLE. The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many National Pollutant […]

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How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate?

In a new study published in Water Resources Research, authors ask why flood-risk assessments do not take into consideration the effects climate change and changing land use patterns have on flood behavior. According to the authors, dominant risk assessment techniques used to decide whether to build new flood protection infrastructure nearly always start with an […]

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Wetland Construction Approved for Louisiana Parish

The Army Corps of Engineers and Plaquemines Parish, La. signed an agreement Aug. 6 to create approximately 121 to 243 ha (300 to 600 ac) of marsh in the Bird’s Foot Delta. Plaquemines Parish is where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. The $100 million, 10-year wetland building project will utilize dredged material […]

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House Passes Bill Blocking WOTUS

On Sept. 8, the Executive Office of the President issued a statement of administration policy expressing support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) joint Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rulemaking. According to the statement, President Obama would likely veto H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States […]

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Oregon BEST Helps Fund University Testing of Biochar Filter

Oregon BEST funding will help Portland-based Sunmark Environmental collaborate with Oregon State University (OSU) researchers to refine a filter system based on waste biochar from lumber mills. The filter media, designed to remove heavy metals from stormwater, would cost 60% less than most activated carbon filter systems, an advantage for companies mandated to filter stormwater. […]

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Report Addresses Effects of Wildfires on Water Quality

Wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and severity have increased in frequency in recent decades, raising concerns about their effects on water. On August 25, Canadian Water Network and the Water Research Foundation released a new report examining the state of knowledge around this subject and the potential for mitigating the negative impact these wildfires can have […]

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Forest Trends Releases State of Water Investment Report

Last year, governments and companies invested $9.6 billion in initiatives implementing nature-based solutions to sustain the world’s clean water supplies. According to a new report announced September 2 from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, this funding supports healthy watersheds that naturally filter water, absorb storm surges, and perform other critical functions. Funding flowed to more than […]

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City of Memphis, Shelby County Announce LID Design Competition Winners

On September 4, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability hosted the finals round of its Low Impact Development (LID) Design Competition. Dalhoff Thomas design|studio and The Corradino Group took home the trophy and $15,000 prize. Blair Parker Design and Civil Engineering Solutions, LLC won second place and $5,000, and Malasri-Gallo-Lawrence came in third place, wining […]

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