Archive | April, 2015

New Jersey Advances Resiliency and Flood Protection Projects

On April 8, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration announced a $202 million resiliency project in Union Beach, located along Raritan Bay, one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The massive flood-control project ― funded by federal, state, and local contributions ― will include construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates, and pump stations. […]

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Africa’s First Water Fund Launched in Kenya

On March 20, the Kenya government along with businesses, conservation groups, and utilities launched Africa’s first water fund. The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund is designed to provide a sustained water supply to more than 9.3 million people and to generate US$21.5 million in long-term benefits for Kenyan businesses and citizens, including farmers. This landmark initiative […]

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New York City Green Infrastructure Outperforms Expectations

On March 20, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a detailed analysis of the performance of three neighborhood-scale green infrastructure projects in New York City. The analysis shows that green infrastructure can play an important role in improving the health and cleanliness of local waterways, and that cost-effective practices performed even […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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Improving Water Quality through Faster, Cheaper, Greener Methods

On April 22, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 released a guide intended to help Mid-Atlantic communities address water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods. The report, “Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure,” is the result of a multi-year effort between EPA Region 3 […]

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Lima To Invest $110 Million in Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Adaptation

Lima, Perú is the world’s second largest desert city after Cairo, and its water supply struggles to meet the demands of its 9 million residents year-round. In the wet season, the rivers that flow down from the Andes break their banks, while in the dry season, they slow to a trickle. Climate change is likely […]

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Applications for USDA Conservation Easement Program Due May 15

On March 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Private landowners, tribes, and eligible entities are encouraged to apply with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by May 15. The goal of the program is to provide long-term protection of […]

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Nutrient Runoff from Agriculture Scrutinized in Chesapeake Bay

Excess fertilizer and manure applied to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore are causing poor water-quality in streams that flow into the bay, according to a new publication released March 12 by the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the report, the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore receives nearly twice as much nitrogen and phosphorus per square mile […]

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California Issues Mandatory Water Reductions as Drought Deepens

On April 1, following the lowest snowpack ever recorded in California and with no end to the drought in sight, Gov. Edmund Brown announced the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellites, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, California has just one year of water supply in its […]

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Negative Framing of “Rain Tax” Sways Public Opinion

A new statewide poll in Maryland, released March 13 by The Clean Water, Healthy Families Coalition, finds that inaccurate perceptions and continued misinformation have greatly enhanced opposition to that state’s stormwater fee. Opponents of the fee have labeled it a “rain tax,” and poll results show that this negative framing has swayed public attitudes. For […]

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