Archive | June, 2016

WEF submits comments on EPA’s draft 2017 Construction Stormwater General Permit

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently provided comments on the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities. The proposed permit is a renewal of the existing 5-year permit that became effective Feb. 16, 2012 and expires on Feb. 16, 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the […]

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Opportunity for input on International Stormwater BMP Database

 The Urban Water Resources Research Council, a subdivision of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has developed a short survey to obtain input from users and interested parties regarding the International Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Database. Click to take the survey. The survey will be […]

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The StormTV Project Returns for 2016

For the fifth year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project. However, this year the project will be an exhibition instead of a competition. The program recognizes and highlights the work of stormwater professionals while collecting and sharing great ideas, so communities can learn from one another. From June 10 to July […]

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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Chicago breaks ground for stormwater diversion tunnel

On Sunday, May 22, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground on a joint project to relieve the threat of catastrophic flooding in the Albany Park neighborhood. The stormwater diversion tunnel will have capacity to divert 65 m3/s (2300 ft3/s) to prevent the types […]

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Great Water Cities 2016 challenged attendees to devise stormwater solutions

On May 10 and 11, more than 100 utility leaders and stormwater experts gathered for Great Water Cities 2016: Rainfall to Results in Action. This event brought together thought leaders to devise solutions to stormwater challenges. The event used the 2015 publication Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater as the starting point to focus […]

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Detroit uses sites of demolished homes to soak up stormwater

An article published by the The Detroit News on May 19 describes how a coalition of researchers and city officials transformed several vacant lots from demolished homes into rain gardens to help control stormwater. The article, “Sites of demolished Detroit homes used to soak up water,” explains how the project started. The project includes representatives […]

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Artificial islands help clean stormwater

Artificial islands help clean stormwater Floating islands in a Wisconsin stormwater retention pond are helping remove pollutants from stormwater. The article “Artificial Islands Cleanse Pollutants From Stormwater,” describes how the floating islands are built and function. The article — part of the column The Works, which focuses “on infrastructure in a rapidly urbanizing world” — […]

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