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Op-ed urges green measures for cost-effective stormwater management

On Oct. 8, an op-ed penned by John M. Erb, president and chairman of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation (Royal Oak, Mich.), appeared in the Detroit Free Press. The piece, which followed a special series of articles outlining the ecological, economical, and political problems surrounding chronic pollution in Lake St. Clair, […]

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Gulf of Mexico researchers examine effects of Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

What happens when a hurricane sends fresh rainwater — up to 124.9 trillion L (33 trillion gal) of it — into the saltwater ocean? In the case of normal-sized storms, the rainwater, which is less dense than saltwater, typically sits atop the ocean in a distinct “blob,” which generally mixes into the ocean within hours […]

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‘Rainstorm generator’ predicts more frequent – but less intense – dryland thunderstorms

In the lowest and most arid parts of the Colorado River basin, moisture from the ground rises into the atmosphere before condensing rapidly to form frequent and sudden thunderstorms. These storms, which typically control the flow of runoff, provide irrigation for river-bank plants, supplement water supplies, and affect the chance that the river will flood, […]

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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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WEF announces winners of 2017 StormTV competition

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its sixth annual stormwater video competition. The StormTV Project is a video contest recognizing innovative stormwater practices, programs, products, and public outreach. The 2017 StormTV Project received 40 submissions and had 25 expert judges review the vidoes. The judges — primarily members of the WEF […]

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Stevens Institute of Technology green infrastructure lab enables side-by-side filtration media comparisons

If you’re an urban stormwater manager considering new green infrastructure, you want to make sure you choose the design that will retain the most runoff for your specific site without breaking the bank on construction. For bioretention planters and other designs that tend to be small, mobile, and effective at reducing inflow to storm sewers […]

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WEF to host the first NGICP train-the-trainer workshop at WEFTEC 2017

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has announced the first train-the-trainer workshop for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). This workshop, held in conjunction with WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, will ensure the quality and consistency of NGICP trainers as the program grows. The 2.5-day workshop is open both to the NGICP founding partners and […]

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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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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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