Archive | February, 2016

New U.S EPA report highlights results from green infrastructure technical assistance program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new report that summarizes the successes and lessons from its efforts to support green infrastructure technical assistance projects in communities nationwide. The report, Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects, is intended as a resource for city managers, community leaders and […]

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New stormwater park to reduce nutrient loading to Indian River Lagoon

A new $3.5 million, 121-ha (300-ac) stormwater park in South Brevard County, Fla., will help protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem by filtering runoff from a 8500-ha (21,000-ac) watershed and limiting pollutants from entering the St. Sebastian River, which feeds into the lagoon. The Wheeler Stormwater Park includes a series of settling ponds with the […]

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Metropolitan Planning Council director highlights positive year for stormwater solutions

In a recent blog post, Josh Ellis, director of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, provided five reasons why 2015 was a good year in Chicago for stormwater management policy and infrastructure. Ellis cited the completion of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Thornton Reservoir, which will prevent stormwater from entering Chicago area waterways, and referenced […]

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Kimberly Grove wins CWEA Golden Rain Drop Award

Kimberly Grove, chief of the environmental compliance and laboratory services division for the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW), is the 2015 recipient of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) Stormwater Committee’s Golden Rain Drop Award. Grove, a professional engineer with 17 years of experience, has actively contributed to the Stormwater Committee as […]

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Yale study finds that small ponds are relatively large greenhouse gas producers

A new study by researchers at Yale University found that smaller ponds generate disproportionately higher concentrations of global greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre in size make up only 8.6% of the surface area of the world’s lakes and ponds, they account for 15.1% of carbon […]

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New Bond Opportunities Focus on Climate Resiliency

RE.bound program develops new resilience bond A team of private sector partners has released the framework for a new insurance-based product intended to generate capital for risk-reduction projects. The RE.bound Program, released Dec. 9, 2015, offers a new financial product called a “resilience bond.” These bonds are designed to help manage the financial risk from […]

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Study Shows Importance of Particle Size Distribution in Stormwater Control Sizing

Particle size distribution (PSD) significantly affects stormwater controls that rely on settling to remove sediment. A new study by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey Wisconsin Water Science Center demonstrates the importance of knowing PSD for properly sizing these stormwater controls. Published Jan. 6 in the open-access journal Water, “The effect of particle size distribution […]

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Bill Would Direct Integrated Planning Pilot Program

With communities seeking cost-effective approaches to upgrading stormwater and wastewater systems, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act. The bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national integrated planning pilot program. The bill would help accelerate integrated planning, which is intended […]

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Puerto Rico Enters Second Agreement with EPA To Fix San Juan Stormwater Systems

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement requiring Puerto Rico’s government to upgrade stormwater systems operated for road and highway drainage. This settlement is related to another agreement announced Oct. 26, 2015, requiring the Municipality of San Juan to upgrade its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Department of […]

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Green Infrastructure Toolkit Helps Address Urban Flooding in Midwest

Communities across the U.S. Midwest are seeking solutions to sewer overflows, basement backups, and other costly effects of urban flooding. New green infrastructure design templates now are available to help Midwest and Great Lakes region communities combat urban flooding and rethink stormwater management. The templates emerged an ongoing collaboration among Chicago-area government, nonprofit, and for-profit […]

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