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Storms as destructive as Hurricane Harvey projected to happen more frequently

When Hurricane Harvey inundated eastern Texas late last August, the eye of the storm loitered over land for nearly a week rather than dispersing as it moved farther from the ocean, as most hurricanes do. The result was a stronger, more destructive storm, which dropped a record-breaking 127 cm (50 in.) of rain and directly […]

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China embarks on massive stormwater projects to plan for future water risks

China is midway through its decades-long South—North Water Transfer Project, a massive system of aqueducts intended to convey 44.8 billion m3 (11.8 trillion gal) of fresh water each year from China’s rural, rainy south to its drier and more urbanized north. However, the country also is exploring far-reaching ways to use stormwater as the basis […]

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State-of-the-art Hong Kong flooding project recognized for innovation and creativity

Located between a busy highway and Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, Happy Valley Recreation Ground is a heavily frequented hotspot for locals and tourists alike. But during the rainy season, the appeal of the low-lying neighborhood’s museums, sports fields, and horse-racing track is compromised by its high susceptibility to stormwater flooding. In 2008, for example, the […]

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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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Great Lakes Commission announces Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program

The Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor, Mich.) on June 1 began accepting requests for proposals for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program. This program will provide funding to help small- and medium-sized communities improve water quality, manage stormwater, and enhance community well-being. The deadline to submit proposals is July 31, 2017. Grant details The […]

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Canada governments announce funding for 49 new water infrastructure projects

On May 23, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario announced water infrastructure funding for 49 new projects, many of which include a focus on stormwater and green infrastructure. Among these projects, 18 will be built in the City of Ottawa and have been approved under the Canadian government’s Clean Water […]

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Billions spent worldwide to improve “natural” green infrastructure

The term green infrastructure generally refers to manmade structures that mimic the absorptive water control properties of nature. But more and more engineers, academics, and regulators are recognizing that the term also includes the very forests, meadows, and wetlands that inspire bioswales, porous hardscapes, and rain gardens. Last September, Governor Jerry Brown of California introduced […]

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UK parliament committee calls for new approaches to flood management

Faced with predictions from the U.K. government’s recent National Flood Resilience Review to expect 20% to 30% more intense rainfall due to climate change in coming years, the bipartisan Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee of Parliament last month released a report calling for a complete overhaul of how the country approaches its vulnerability to […]

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Ontario Environmental Commissioner releases 4-step stormwater funding reform plan

According to the latest installment of Canada’s annual Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, more than 650 stormwater-related urban floods throughout the country levied damages to more than 66,000 private properties between 2009 and 2016. To help prevent these damages, fix existing stormwater infrastructure, and accommodate future growth, the office of Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario […]

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Canadian city “prices” 150 local trees for National Tree Day

While it may be true that “money doesn’t grow on trees,” the City of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) wants residents and visitors to know that each tree can add thousands of dollars to the value of its surrounding community. To help raise awareness of both the economic and ecological benefits provided by local trees, city environmental […]

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