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New Orleans offers green-infrastructure grants to residents of flood-prone Gentilly neighborhood

Located along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans’ low-lying Gentilly neighborhood has been a hotbed of flood-control innovation in recent years. As the city’s first “resilience district,” municipal government organizations are collaborating to invest more than $140 million into Gentilly to demonstrate groundbreaking pilot projects that address the area’s chronically stressed drainage systems and […]

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RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge now open for submissions

If you have innovative, out-of-the-box water management solutions, consider participating in the RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. This challenge seeks innovative products and approaches around five resilience topic areas, including water management. The approaches must be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia. The challenge’s water management topic area calls for cost-effective management […]

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These three tanks are part of the 113,500-L (30,000-gal) capacity stormwater capture and reuse system at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. In all, the system has eight tanks. Stormwater, air conditioner condensate, and ice machine meltwater are collected and reused in the hotel’s cooling towers.

Simple hotel stormwater capture and reuse system benefits local environment

While rainy days during a vacation or business trip aren’t ideal, the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, uses a simple stormwater collection and reuse system to make the most of wet weather. The hotel captures rain water from flat portions of its roof and an outdoor zen garden. It also […]

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U.S. EPA Region 4 bestows fourth annual Rain Catcher Awards

Three innovative stormwater projects in the Southeast U.S. have received the 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Rain Catcher awards. The honorees earned recognition during a May 15 ceremony at the International Erosion Control Association (Denver) Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston, S.C. “The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence […]

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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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