Archive | April, 2017

WEF hosts first Stormwater Institute member policy forum

WEF’s Stormwater Institute (SWI) hosted its first member policy forum on Tuesday, March 21 at the beginning of the National Water Policy Fly-In. This event, exclusive to SWI members, featured policy briefings from congressional staff, federal agencies, and included an update on early thoughts related to the proposed executive “skinny budget”.  Approximately 30 participants comprised […]

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USGS interactive map provides long-term insight into U.S. river and stream quality

A new U.S. Geological Survey interactive map provides a comprehensive, long-term look at changes in the quality of U.S. rivers and streams over the last four decades. For the first time, monitoring data collected by 74 organizations at almost 1400 sites have been combined to provide a nationwide look at changes in the quality of our rivers […]

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DC Water releases new video about NGICP

On March 2, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water; Washington, D.C.) released a video about the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). NGICP sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. The video’s release follows the certification of NGICP’s inaugural class of professionals in January 2017. […]

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Stormwater credit trading could ease Chesapeake Bay pollution, study says

Chesapeake Bay, the third-largest estuary in the world, has a chronic nutrient pollution problem. In 2010, gradual runoff pollution from more than 13.6 million people living in the watershed grew to national concern, prompting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set strict total maximum daily load (TMDL) regulations limiting nutrient emissions. Meeting those regulatory […]

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Town of Rocky Ripple, Butler University, Indianapolis move forward on White River flood barrier

Occupying less than 81 ha (200 ac) between the White River and a canal on the northwestern edge of Indianapolis, flood protection is a serious matter for the small town of Rocky Ripple (Ind.). Lacking any infrastructure of its own to contain overflow from the river, the town’s less-than-700 residents routinely pay thousands of dollars […]

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MIT experiment reveals pathogen-spreading mechanism of rainfall

Each time a drop of rain hits the ground, small pockets of air at the surface are forced up, emitting a mist of smaller droplets in many directions as air breaks through the raindrop. Exhibiting behavior like an aerosol spray, the phenomenon could explain why freshly fallen rain leaves behind a familiar ‘earthy’ scent. After […]

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UC Davis, GE, and Winesecrets turn stormwater into wine

In 2015, California vineyards produced more than 2.4 billion L (638 million gal) of wine, according to the Wine Institute (San Francisco). And now, a California partnership is leading the charge to convert stormwater into wine. The Water Footprint Network (The Hague, Netherlands) estimates that each gallon of wine requires a staggering 3300 L (872 […]

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