Archive | March, 2016

EPA’s Soak Up the Rain campaign encourages action on stormwater runoff

Soak Up the Rain is a stormwater public outreach campaign created by the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help raise awareness about the problem of polluted stormwater runoff and encourage action by citizens, municipalities, and others to help reduce runoff. Launched in 2012, the campaign seeks to highlight the […]

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WEF is Now Accepting Applications for MS4 Awards

On March 8, the Water Environment Federation announced that it is accepting applications for its second annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders are invited to submit an application by April 15. An expert committee will review the entries. Each […]

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WEF, DC Water partner to create green infrastructure certification program

Effort will support sustainable GI projects and spur economic growth DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation on Feb. 8 announced (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This program, which will be housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, will certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green […]

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Jared Hockenberry wins PWEA Golden Rain Drop Award

Jared Hockenberry, a project engineer/project manager with GHD, was presented with the 2015 Golden Rain Drop Award from the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) for his individual contributions to the advancement of the state of the art of stormwater management. Hockenberry was recognized for his leadership to the newly created PWEA Stormwater Committee throughout 2014 […]

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Supreme Court denies Chesapeake Bay TMDL appeal

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 its denial to hear the American Farm Bureau and allies appeal regarding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The denial of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), et al. v. EPA, et al. by the high court affirms the ruling […]

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New online game fosters understanding of water shortage issues in Texas

A new online game launched in October of last year to educate people about water-related challenges facing Texas over the next 25 years. Developed jointly by the Colorado River Alliance and the Texas Water Development Board, the goal of the interactive game — named Texas 2040 — is to help players grasp the effects of drought […]

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$178.5 million agreement will improve watershed management in India

The Government of India and the World Bank recently signed a US$ 178.5 million credit for the Neeranchal National Watershed Project to provide farms and rural, rain fed areas in India with access to global best practices in watershed management. The project is anticipated to directly benefit at least two million people in nine states […]

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New WRF report studies graywater and stormwater reuse

With chronic water shortages more commonplace across the U.S., and surging populations compounding scarcity issues in water stressed regions, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) released a new report that examines the risks, costs, and benefits of on-site water reuse of stormwater and graywater. The study, Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies: An Assessment […]

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Report evaluates economic impact of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) released a report assessing the local economic effect over the first 5 years from implementation of Philadelphia Water’s Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), the city’s 25-year plan to protect watersheds through stormwater management and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The long-term program addresses Clean Water Act regulations with […]

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New drainage technology holds potential for reducing stormwater runoff

Detroit-based Parjana Distribution LLC is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) on a pilot project that involves testing a new stormwater drainage system for parking lots that is expected to significantly reduce stormwater runoff volumes. The technology, named energy-passive groundwater recharge products (EGRPs), includes 31.75mm-diameter hydrophobic, polyethylene tubes composed of five chambers and open channels […]

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