Archive | January, 2015

Report Examines Market-based Approaches and Private Financing for Green Infrastructure

According to a study funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), private financing of green infrastructure is being hampered not by a lack of capital but by a shortage of opportunities with enticing returns. This is the leading reason private financiers have been hesitant to invest and implement green infrastructure as a cost-effective solution […]

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CNT Releases RainReady Nation Report

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), based in Chicago, released in January “A RainReady Nation,” a report offering a suite of cost-effective solutions to prevent urban flooding. Launched in the summer of 2014, RainReady℠ is a CNT initiative established through years of working with homeowners and communities to better understand urban flooding. This experience gave […]

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USDA Announces First of Regional Conservation Partnership Projects

On Jan. 14, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that 115 high-impact projects across all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding as part of the new U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million more […]

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Department of the Interior Launches New Datasets to Improve Climate Resiliency

On December 9, the Department of the Interior announced the release of two new dataset hubs. Part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the datasets will help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Hundreds of datasets from […]

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NPDES Permits Should be Required for Water Transfers, States Say

In a brief filed Dec. 23, nine states and one Canadian province requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirm a district court’s determination that the 2008 Water Transfers Rule is an unreasonable and arbitrary interpretation of the Clean Water Act and should therefore be invalidated. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s […]

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WERF Releases Research on Green Infrastructure Real-Time Controls

The Water Environment Research Foundation has released the final report for its project “Transforming our Cities: High-Performance Green Infrastructure.” Project researchers examined the effectiveness of highly distributed real-time control (DRTC) technologies for green stormwater infrastructure. Controls investigated included advanced rainwater harvesting systems, dynamically controlled green roofs, actively controlled detention basins, and underdrained bioretention systems. Through […]

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Brooklyn Borough Releases Stormwater Plan for Waterfront Greenway

The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is a 22-km (14-mi) landscaped trail, begun by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and to be implemented by New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The trail will incorporate green infrastructure elements and function as a commuting and recreation route. The greenway, expected to cost more than $100 million, will connect neighborhood parks […]

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FEMA Releases Fact Sheets and Data Visualization Tool

In November 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally issued new mapping standards for “Adequate Progress” (Zone A99) and “Flood Protection Restoration” (Zone AR) determinations. The agency has since updated its Zone A99 and Zone AR fact sheets to reflect changes in law and the new mapping standards. Communities may want to apply for […]

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Registration Opens for Collection Systems 2015

Registration recently opened for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual 2015 collection systems specialty conference. “Collection Systems Taking Center Stage – Seize the Opportunity,” will take place April 19 – 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati and will feature tours, diverse technical sessions, and a robust exhibit hall. Join WEF, the Ohio […]

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Obama Administration Announces Water Finance Center, New Municipal Bond

On Jan. 16, the Obama Administration launched the new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and announced a new municipal bond to encourage public private partnerships. The announcement took place at the Anacostia River Tunnel Project Site in Washington, D.C., where DC Water is working to reduce the 2 […]

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