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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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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 infiltration pilot project in California aims to boost aquifer recharge

A pilot project is testing the feasibility of using specially-designed ponds for catching stormwater and facilitating groundwater recharge in the Pajaro Valley region of California’s Central Coast, where aquifer levels are dwindling from overuse brought on by severe drought conditions. Andrew Fisher, a University of California, Santa Cruz hydrogeologist who is leading the project, built […]

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Kimberly Grove wins CWEA Golden Rain Drop Award

Kimberly Grove, chief of the environmental compliance and laboratory services division for the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW), is the 2015 recipient of the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) Stormwater Committee’s Golden Rain Drop Award. Grove, a professional engineer with 17 years of experience, has actively contributed to the Stormwater Committee as […]

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California Water Board Adopts Stormwater Strategy

On Jan. 6, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a strategy that advances stormwater management statewide. The new strategy views stormwater as a resource for present and future water supply needs. Unmanaged stormwater runoff presents a threat to human life and property, and it is a significant source of water quality pollution. However, […]

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Farmers Flood Fields To Replenish Groundwater

This winter, some California farmers will be flooding their fields to replenish groundwater. El Niño is expected to deliver a warmer, wetter winter season to California, and farmers are hoping to capitalize on the extra water by directing floodwater and stormwater to their fields. The water will percolate through the soil and into the aquifer […]

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Benefits of Green Development Clear in Side-By-Side Comparison with Conventional Development

In Norman, Okla., the Trailwoods community is demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure when compared side-by-side with traditional stormwater management techniques. The neighborhood, developed by Ideal Homes, includes 17 lots constructed with curb and gutter and downspout-to-driveway conveyance as well as two stormwater basins. Another 17 lots are designed with rain gardens, rain barrels, and […]

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Students Design Sustainable Storm Drain Filter

A team of students from the University of California–Riverside (UC Riverside) Bourns College of Engineering recently received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a low-cost, environmentally friendly, reusable storm drain filter. The team received the funding as a phase one winner of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. Storm-drain inserts can be […]

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California Microbead Ban Closes Biodegradable Loophole

On Oct. 8, California became the ninth state to impose restrictions on microbeads. The ban, to become effective Jan. 1, 2020, targets the sale and distribution of synthetic beads used as exfoliates or colorants. California joins Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, and Wisconsin in the ban on microbeads. However, six state bans […]

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Partnership Brings Big Data Solutions to Groundwater Issues

On Sept. 29, Qlik, a visual analytics company based in Randor, Penn., announced a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will address water availability and quality issues across the globe. For the first time, policy makers, corporations, and the public will be able to access and visualize scientific and technical groundwater information in […]

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