Archive | August, 2017

AquaCharge reuse planning tool offers unconventional routes to water security

Conventionally, only two strategies exist for urban water utilities to increase water supplies on a municipal scale: stormwater reuse and wastewater reuse. As separate processes that require separate infrastructure, piping costs, and specific land-use requirements, most utilities invest in one process over the other. However, as drier parts of the world teeter on the brink […]

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U.S. EPA opens 6th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

University students in the U.S. interested in bringing natural stormwater runoff management to their campuses are invited to participate in the 6th-annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge. Contest registration will be open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30; full application materials must be submitted by Dec. 15.   How RainWorks works As […]

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Ambitious DC Water project to cut flood risks by up to 40%

Last October, DC Water (Washington, D.C.) wrapped up construction on the First Street Tunnel, an 822-m-long (2700-ft-long), 7-m-wide (23-ft-wide) stormwater pipe located approximately 10 stories beneath Bloomingdale, one of the District’s most historically flood-prone neighborhoods. In July, the First Street Tunnel passed its biggest real-world test to date. When a line of severe storms hit […]

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Enter the WE&T Stormwater Snapshots photo contest

Is your organization at the forefront of innovative stormwater management? Do you have a passion for keeping waterways clean by controlling erosion and curbing runoff? Want to be featured in an issue of Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) magazine? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) invites […]

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Australian student invents award-winning stormwater mapping toolbox

When Esri (Redlands, Calif.) first released the ArcGIS spatial analysis platform in 1999, it empowered users to visualize abstract data in a way that put computer-assisted watershed planning (literally) on the map. Just under two decades later, the open-source platform now enables seamless map-sharing, intuitive rendering features, and has inspired a dedicated circle of coders […]

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U.S. EPA webcast: Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality

On Aug. 9, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Infrastructure program will host a webcast, titled “Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality.” In this webcast, speakers from EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development will discuss innovative research into […]

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U.S. EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator

On Aug. 23, 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) in a webinar. EPA developed the SWC to work toward local, state, and national stormwater management objectives. It also will support regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green […]

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U.S. EPA announces launch of Water Finance Clearinghouse

On July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release announcing the public launch of the Water Finance Clearinghouse. The tool, developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, will offer communities easy and efficient access to water infrastructure finance information. The Clearinghouse is an easily navigable web-based portal to help […]

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Football stadium protects San Francisco Bay with state-of-the-art stormwater system

In 2014, when the San Francisco 49ers football team relocated to a new home stadium at the height of many years of drought in California, water sustainability was a high priority for designers. Installing forward-looking features such as a 2500-m2 (27,000-ft2) green roof, an innovative biofiltration system, and a display that offers information about the […]

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U.S. EPA releases part three of MS4 permitting guidelines series

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third part of its ongoing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Compendium Series. The 47-page report presents examples of permit language used by MS4 managers from around the country to create site-specific regulatory criteria that either supplement or supersede the use of total maximum […]

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