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Harmful Algal Blooms Receive National Attention

Great Lakes water quality issues received national media attention in early August as Toledo, Ohio issued warnings to nearly half a million people not to use drinking water for cooking, bathing, or consuming due to cyanobacteria toxins known as microcystins. The toxins had reached levels of about 1.0 part per billion, the World Health Organization’s […]

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California Water Shortage Buffered by Groundwater

In January, California Governor Edmund Brown called for a 20% reduction in water use in response to one of the worst state droughts on record. However, data shows that water use has actually increased, and there has been a shift toward greater groundwater use. In May, water use increased 1% compared to the same month […]

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ASCE Hosts International LID Conference

The Environmental & Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers will host a conference on low impact development (LID) January 19–21, 2015, and the Water Environment Federation is a cooperating organization. Held in Houston, the 2015 International Low Impact Development Conference will cover research developments and community adoption of LID in the […]

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Two Years Pass, Integrated Planning Framework Produces No Approved Plans

On July 24, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hosted a hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. The framework, released in June 2012, seeks to help municipalities prioritize clean water projects. However, no plans have yet been approved, though there are many in the works. […]

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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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WEF Releases Green Infrastructure and Wet Weather Books

In August, the Water Environment Federation announced the release of two special publications related to stormwater. The first, Green Infrastructure Implementation, was developed by Carol Hufnagel of Tetra Tech and Nancy Rottle of the University of Washington, as well as 75 technical experts. The book provides actionable information promoting the implementation of green infrastructure. Unlike […]

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WEF Announces Winners of 2014 Stormwater Video Competition

The 2014 StormTV Project recognizes videos of innovative stormwater practices, programs and products nationwide.  ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its 2014 StormTV Project competition. The contest is an effort to collect and share innovative stormwater videos and to recognize and highlight the work of stormwater professionals. Through […]

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WEF To Host No-Charge Webcast on Stormwater Financing

On August 27, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a no-charge webcast on innovative financing approaches for stormwater management. The webcast is an update to an event hosted by the U.S. Water Alliance July 29, which focused on Washington, D.C.’s stormwater retention trading market. At the event, representatives from the District Department of the […]

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Defra Releases Draft SuDS National Standards

In early July, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) provided an update on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) implementation or Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act. The agency also released Draft SuDs National Standards and Specified Criteria for Sustainable Drainage. The agency restated that it will be unable […]

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