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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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Massachusetts Invests $52 Million in Climate Resiliency Efforts

On Jan. 14, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced $50 million in funds to achieve climate change resiliency in the state’s energy resources, coastal regions and transportation infrastructure. The bulk of the funding will establish a $40 million municipal grant program that seeks to make energy infrastructure more resilient by using clean energy technology. The [...]

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Alcosan To Renegotiate CSO Consent Decree

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan), which serves the Pittsburgh, Penn. region, is required under a consent decree to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 2026. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected Alcosan’s proposed $2 billion wet weather sewer system improvement plan as deficient. The plan proposed only grey infrastructure techniques that would address [...]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed [...]

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Cities Utilize Mix of Green and Traditional Infrastructure In CSO Control

On Jan. 6, more than two years after the United States District Court and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) reached an agreement to reduce they city’s combined sewer overflows (CSO), the consent decree has been officially approved. Federal judge Judge George M. Marovich approved the city’s Long-Term Control Plan, which was criticized [...]

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