Archive | September, 2015

DELCORA To Reduce CSOs in Chester, Pa.

In August, the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) entered into a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve its combined sewer and stormwater drainage system in the City of Chester, Pa. The improvements will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in the Delaware River, Chester Creek, and […]

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EPA Awards Green Infrastructure Grants to Universities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $20,000 grants to both Kansas State University and Mississippi State University. These grants will fund green infrastructure demonstration and training projects. At Kansas State, faculty and students will create “living laboratories” to conduct green infrastructure monitoring at two on-campus sites. Students from different disciplines will collaborate on the […]

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New Orleans Unveils Resilience Strategy

On Aug. 25, New Orleans unveiled a new resilience strategy that calls for, among many actionable steps, the development of a comprehensive stormwater management program. The strategy, Resilient New Orleans, is a joint effort between the city and an organization called 100 Resilient Cities, which was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The strategy proposes 41 […]

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USGS Study Finds Some Insecticides Widespread in Midwest Rivers

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study showed that neonicotinoids, insecticides similar to nicotine, can be found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest. The study represents the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwest and one of the first conducted in the U.S. Neonicotinoid insecticides dissolve easily in water, but do not break […]

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Nature Conservancy Report Reveals Value of Natural Infrastructure in Climate-proofing Cities

Predictions say that climate change will increase the severity and frequency of storms in many parts of North America. Buildings and urban infrastructure must adapt to this new climate reality. The traditional approach has been to build engineered structures such as seawalls, flood channels, and containment ponds. However, a new Nature Conservancy study makes a […]

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Researchers Fingerprint Erosion

Canadian researchers have developed a method to “fingerprint” sediment to its origin using color. Soil scientist David Lobb and his colleagues from the University of Manitoba as well as researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia use a technique called color fingerprinting. The color of a particular sediment is key to identifying the specific […]

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Vermont Launches Green Infrastructure Collaborative

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the University of Vermont’s Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program launched the Green Infrastructure Collaborative. The collaborative promotes green infrastructure practices for managing stormwater runoff from developed land. Rebecca Tharp will serve as program manager for the Green Infrastructure Collaborative and will provide support to the Vermont Green Infrastructure […]

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Saskatchewan Announces New Agriculture Drainage Regulations

For the first time in 35 years, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan adopted new agriculture drainage regulations. The new regulations, announced Sept. 1, represent the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy that will bring all drainage within the province into compliance during the next 10 years. The new regulations will address flooding, water […]

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RIDOT To Inventory and Better Manage Highway Drainage Assets

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) plans to launch its first-ever statewide inventory of highway drainage systems. RIDOT estimates that it is responsible for 25,000 stormwater catch basins, 2000 outfalls, and 100 structural stormwater controls. However, this new endeavor will be the state’s first full inspection and inventory of its system. This inventory will […]

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Water Benefits Expected from Clean Power Plan

On Aug. 3, the Obama Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power facilities. The final Clean Power Plan targets a 32% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition to its air-quality and climate-change […]

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