Archive | October, 2017

Coastal wetlands play key role in reducing flood damages from storm surge, study finds

The presence of coastal wetlands along the northeastern U.S. likely reduced flood damages during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 by at least $625 million, according to a recently published peer-reviewed journal article. As part of the same study, researchers also determined that salt marshes within Barnegat Bay on New Jersey’s coast can be expected to decrease […]

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New ‘blue-green’ roof design demonstrates promising results

A demonstration project in Amsterdam testing a new ‘blue-green’ roof system has revealed data that suggests greater thermal cooling potential. Built on top of a former naval hospital, the new roof concept — which combines rainwater storage with living plants — was developed by Dutch engineer Joris Voeten of Urban Roofscapes (Amsterdam, Netherlands) as part […]

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Giving the U.S. stormwater sector its first nationwide grade

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.) is undertaking an effort to give stormwater its first nationwide grade and is looking for input by the end of November via an online poll. This effort is meant to support and compliment the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card, increasing water sector coverage and […]

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WEF announces third year of MS4 award winners at WEFTEC 2017

On Monday, Oct. 2, 13 high-performing municipalities received recognition in the third annual National MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements. Developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental […]

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