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Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Stormwater Along Opportunity Corridor

In late March, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District announced an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to utilize $650,000 in state money to create a Green Infrastructure Grants Program. The grants will be aimed at offsetting the effects of the Opportunity Corridor using green infrastructure rather than building storm sewers. Limited space and [...]

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VIMS Modeling Approach Predicts Street-Level Storm Tide

A team of researchers at the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), accurately hindcasted Hurricane Sandy’s landfall along the U.S. Atlantic coast using a large-scale, unstructured grid storm tide model, called Semi-implicit Eulerian Lagrangian Finite Element. The researchers used data collected before Hurricane Sandy and tested the results with observations [...]

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William Penn Foundation Invests $35 Million in Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The Delaware River watershed covers more than 34,965 km2 (13,500-mi2) in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On April 1, the William Penn Foundation awarded $35 million in grants, launching a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities. More than 40 national [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Program Receives Thousands of Comments on Draft Watershed Agreement

The comment period on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement closed March 17. The agreement is the fourth of its kind and sets new restoration goals and a new decision-making framework for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  It is, however, the first agreement since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum [...]

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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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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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Philadelphia Water Department Releases Green Streets Manual

In late February, the Philadelphia Water Department released a Green Streets Design Manual to expedite green street development in Philadelphia. Promoting green streets aligns with the City of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters initiative to achieve federal water quality mandates by managing stormwater with green infrastructure. The manual provides detailed design templates that are flexible [...]

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Delaware Governor Announces Clean Water Initiative

In Delaware, 377 water bodies are impaired, and 30 state waterways are not fishable. However, Gov. Jack Markell announced a plan March 4 to pay for stormwater, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure upgrades. The initiative, Clean Water for Delaware’s Future, would impose a “clean water fee” on residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. Over the [...]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their [...]

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Fairfax County Considers Maintenance of Private Stormwater Facilities

Fairfax County, Va. — a 1023 km2 (395 mi2) area with more than 1 million residents — is considering county maintenance of private stormwater management facilities. Many of these features, such as rain gardens, are currently managed by homeowners associations. According to the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, as reported in Fairfax [...]

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