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Cities Launch LID Design Competitions

Chattanooga, Tennessee, through its Resource Rain program, kicked off a Low Impact Development (LID) Design Challenge on March 13. To win, design teams will need to demonstrate efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to stormwater management and city beautification. The competition is intended to familiarize the design sector with new Environmental Protection Agency standards, which will [...]

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EPA Responds to Groups’ Residual Designation Authority Petitions

In late March, American Rivers announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decisions on stormwater-related petitions filed in EPA Regions I, III and IX. Environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, and the California Coastkeeper Alliance, filed the petitions relating to Residual Designation Authority (RDA). The petitions called [...]

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EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule clarifying protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Also known as the Waters of the United States rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. According [...]

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EPA Signals Change of Direction on Stormwater Rulemaking

In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff confirmed that the agency intends to refocus resources in light of delays in proposing the national stormwater rule. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request includes $5 million and an added 30 staff to support green infrastructure programs focused on sustainability goals. This significant development signals [...]

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University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

A new report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) looks at 40 case studies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine which management practices have been most effective. According to the report, “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake,” upgrading water resource recovery facilities, [...]

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Obama and DOT Announce $600 Million in Transportation Funding

On Feb. 26, President Obama and Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $600 million for the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities; promote neighborhood redevelopment; and reconnect neighborhoods divided [...]

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Supporters Sign on to Australian 202020 Vision

Partners, advocates, and “visionaries” continue to join the Australian 202020 Vision, launched in November 2013. The goal of the program is to create 20% more urban green spaces by 2020. The vision also represents a unique collaboration between government, academic, and private sectors. The official launch was held in a future green space in Sydney, [...]

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Qatar Launches Green Infrastructure Pilots as Part of New Stormwater Strategy

Qatar’s Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning is working on several pilot projects in Doha as part of new stormwater management strategy, according to a local news source The Peninsula . With its arid climate, Qatar experiences low annual rainfall, intense storms, and high evaporation rates. However, increases in impervious [...]

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Court Vacates 2008 Rule Decreasing Mining Waste Proximity to Streams

On Feb. 21, a federal district court vacated a 2008 Department of the Interior rule decreasing the proximity to streams that mining waste could be dumped. The rule had also allowed companies to fill streams and conduct mitigation efforts offsite. The court’s decision was based on the fact that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation [...]

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New York City Announces $6 Million in Green Infrastructure Grants

On March 4, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced $6 Million in new grants for community groups, nonprofits, and property owners implementing green infrastructure. Grants will be awarded to applicants that engage local communities in environmental awareness through education and green job training. This is the fourth year the city has [...]

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