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Study quantifies the impact of coastal runoff in dollars and cents

A recent Duke University (Durham, N.C.) study makes the first, long-sought evidence linking Gulf of Mexico hypoxia to economic effects. The study, published January in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows hypoxic dead zones in the gulf drive up the price of large shrimp relative to smaller sizes. This effect causes economic […]

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Houston mayor approves $10 million for 22 proactive stormwater rehab projects

On Jan. 11, 2017, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner sent in SWAT to solve long-standing drainage problems across the city. But instead of carrying out high-stakes military operations, this SWAT — the cleverly named Storm Water Action Team — will commence work on approximately 100 deferred projects focused on maintaining and upgrading Houston’s aging flood management […]

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New stormwater park to reduce nutrient loading to Indian River Lagoon

A new $3.5 million, 121-ha (300-ac) stormwater park in South Brevard County, Fla., will help protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem by filtering runoff from a 8500-ha (21,000-ac) watershed and limiting pollutants from entering the St. Sebastian River, which feeds into the lagoon. The Wheeler Stormwater Park includes a series of settling ponds with the […]

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Ocala Recognized for Flood Prevention Efforts

In early December, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV recognized the City of Ocala for significantly improving its stormwater infrastructure and protecting the community from flooding. The City of Ocala participates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary incentive program recognizing community floodplain management that exceeds minimum requirements. In July, […]

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Los Angeles Homeowners Capture Stormwater with Smart Cisterns

On Nov. 4, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles unveiled LA StormCatcher, the area’s first-ever public-private collaboration that will capture and reuse stormwater. As many as eight homeowners in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will participate. Each home will be equipped with a cistern that can hold nearly 5000 L […]

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Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

Earlier this fall, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. This new publication, available at no cost, provides step-by-step guidance on planning, organizing, and conducting successful volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. These projects can help Tennessee stormwater programs […]

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Adapting LID to a Port Environment

Despite significant challenges to managing stormwater using LID, the Port of Long Beach is committed to using this approach where possible and has developed a port-specific LID manual.

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EPA Awards Green Infrastructure Grants to Universities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $20,000 grants to both Kansas State University and Mississippi State University. These grants will fund green infrastructure demonstration and training projects. At Kansas State, faculty and students will create “living laboratories” to conduct green infrastructure monitoring at two on-campus sites. Students from different disciplines will collaborate on the […]

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New Orleans Unveils Resilience Strategy

On Aug. 25, New Orleans unveiled a new resilience strategy that calls for, among many actionable steps, the development of a comprehensive stormwater management program. The strategy, Resilient New Orleans, is a joint effort between the city and an organization called 100 Resilient Cities, which was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. The strategy proposes 41 […]

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USGS Studies Influence of Animal Feeding Operations on Stream Water Quality

Animal feeding operations have measurable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a report released June 23 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, “Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” was the result of […]

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