Archive | July, 2015

CIRIA Releases Tool for Assessing SuDS Benefits

On July 1, the construction industry research and information association (CIRIA), based in London, UK, released a spreadsheet-based tool and associated guidance for assessing the benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With the Benefits of SuDS Tool, called BeST for short, users can evaluate a wide range of benefits, typically based on overall drainage […]

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Water Quality Trading Markets Driven By Need to Comply

In June, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) had to shelve the first-ever public auction of water quality trading credits due to a lack of bidders. By installing best management practices, farmers in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana generated 90,000 credits as part of EPRI’s pilot, interstate Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading project. Currently, however, […]

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Vermont Passes Clean Water Law Focused on Stormwater

On June 17, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law legislation addressing polluted stormwater runoff. The legislation (H.35) gives the state government additional tools, resources, and the obligation to reduce polluted runoff from farm fields, roads, parking lots, and other developed areas. Specifically, H.35 enables the state to: help towns implement modern stormwater management systems […]

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WEF Announces 2015 StormTV Project Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its fourth annual stormwater video competition. The 2015 StormTV Project received almost 150 submissions and more international submissions than any year prior. More than 35 expert judges reviewed the submissions and selected winners based on message communication and quality as well as content matter and […]

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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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Duke University Opens Reclamation Pond

On May 8, Duke University in Durham, N.C., opened a major stormwater reuse facility — an $11.5-million, 2.2-ha (5.5-ac) pond. The stormwater collected in the pond will be used to make chilled water. The major driver for this project was the 2008 drought. With the new system in place, the university will be able to […]

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Microbes in Stormwater Canals Could Help Clean Raw Water

A 7-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways can play an important role in cleansing Singapore’s waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. The study found that canals designed to channel stormwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralize organic pollutants, nutrients, and metals in raw water. Organic pollutants […]

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WEFTEC Stormwater Congress Program is Now Available

Register by July 15 to receive the best rate on attending WEFTEC, the largest water quality conference and exhibition in the world. Hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the event will be held September 26 through 30, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The Stormwater Congress is a spotlight event within WEFTEC featuring more than […]

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Beach Monitoring Pilot Provides Bacteria Results in Just Hours

This summer the Chicago Park District is piloting a new program to rapidly detect bacterial contamination at five of the city’s beaches. The pilot program will cover Calumet, Rainbow, South Shore, 63rd Street, and Montrose beaches. Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the parks department will know whether beaches are safe […]

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Idaho Groups Utilize, Monitor Floating Wetlands

This summer a group of Idaho organizations will launch eight floating treatment wetlands into Hayden Lake to help control nutrient pollution. Kootenai Environmental Alliance, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the University of Idaho, and the North Idaho College Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) are working cooperatively with the Hayden Area Regional […]

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