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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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Minnesota Passes Law Requiring 50-Foot Stream Buffers

On June 13, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law legislation requiring new perennial vegetation buffers of up to 50 ft (15 m) along rivers, streams, and ditches. The new law, S.F. 5, is expected to designate an additional 44,515 ha (110,000 ac) of land for water quality buffer strips. S.F. 5 requires 50-ft buffers […]

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EPA Region 4 Announces Rain Catcher Award Winners

On June 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced the recipients of its 2015 Rain Catcher award, which recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Recognized were the City of Durham (N.C.) Department of Public Works in the award’s municipal category, Mississippi State University in the neighborhood/community category, Regency […]

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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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Duke University Opens Reclamation Pond

On May 8, Duke University in Durham, N.C., opened a major stormwater reuse facility — an $11.5-million, 2.2-ha (5.5-ac) pond. The stormwater collected in the pond will be used to make chilled water. The major driver for this project was the 2008 drought. With the new system in place, the university will be able to […]

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New Green Infrastructure Planning Grants Available in Virginia

Towns and cities across Virginia can receive up to $10,000 through a new grant program to map, evaluate, and plan for conserving their natural resources. As many as 10 localities, or planning district commissions, will be awarded grants later this year. With funding provided by the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service, grant recipients […]

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Metro Water District Announces Winners of High School Stormwater Video Contest

On May 7, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced the winners of a student video competition to develop water-focused public service announcements (PSA). For the second year, Metro Water District asked high school students from the Atlanta area to create PSAs calling attention to ways residents might improve water quality. […]

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