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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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Urban design software matches abandoned land parcels to green infrastructure projects

When Nicholas de Monchaux, an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, began his “Local Code” project almost 7 years ago, he set out to address two of the most pressing problems facing modern cities. Local Code uses open-source software to match thousands of abandoned city lots with site-specific […]

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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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Colorado schools screen video to save stormwater dollars

Grand Valley Drainage District (GVDD; Grand Junction, Colo.) has come up with an unconventional approach to get the word out to students about its work within the Colorado River watershed. If public, private, or charter schools show students a 3-minute video outlining the history, activities, and purpose of the GVDD, those schools will be reimbursed […]

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Chicago gives away trees to prevent flooding, help city wildlife

The emerald ash borer and extreme weather events have destroyed approximately 13 million trees in the Chicago area. To help remedy that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) staff began distributing more than 14,000 oak tree saplings. The distribution is part of Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree in Cook County, Ill. […]

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Researchers seek to unlock stormwater to alleviate Texas drought

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a $42,800 grant from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (San Antonio, Texas) and San Antonio River Authority to support research that would treat stormwater so that it can be used by San Antonio. According to a USTA press release, San Antonio deals with both […]

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WEFTEC 2016 service project volunteers will construct two bioswales at City Hall in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of Tyler Antrup, New Orleans City Planning Commission.

WEF service project to address flooding problems at city hall in New Orleans

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is hard at work finalizing plans and logistics for the ninth annual WEF Community Service Project, “NOLA Grows Green: The City Hall Stormwater Project.” More than 200 volunteers are expected to participate in this year’s event, which is being held during WEFTEC® […]

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Washington, D.C., residents ranging from 14 to 24 years old attend a lecture about careers in green infrastructure as part of the annual Green Zone Environmental Program. (Photo courtesy Seth Brown)

Introducing tomorrow’s technicians to green infrastructure

By Seth Brown “So it’s like a sponge?” a 17 year-old asks with a questioning look on her face. “Yes, that’s a perfect way to think of it,” replies Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia. This interaction is typical of the exchanges that occurred […]

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Los Angeles Daily News editorial promotes stormwater as a resource

On Aug. 16, an op-ed penned by Sheila Kuehl, supervisor for Los Angeles County’s third district, appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News. The piece endorses a California Senate bill that would close a loophole in current legislation that excludes stormwater management from existing water conservation programs (S.B. 1298). The editorial constitutes a step in […]

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Stormwater management conversation hits Minnesota airwaves

After a 20-cm (8-in.) rainstorm — more than an average month’s worth of rain for the area — led to rampant flooding across central and southern Minnesota on the night of Aug. 11, the problem of managing stormwater came to the forefront of public attention and hit the airwaves on public radio. Identifying the problem […]

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