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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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Researchers Study Stormwater Solutions for Semiarid Regions

In an effort that could serve as a template for semiarid regions across the world, researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma, and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. Research focuses on finding stormwater recovery technologies that are suited to the episodic downpours […]

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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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Injunction Prevents Clean Water Rule from Taking Effect in 13 States

On Aug. 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army’s Clean Water Rule went into effect in 37 states. The rule is intended to clarify which waters fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. However, a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota blocked implementation of […]

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California Supreme Court To Review Ruling on Discharge Permit Fees

The California Supreme Court has granted a petition from the California Building Industry Association to review a state appeals court ruling that total fees collected from waste discharges must match the costs of regulating the entire waste-discharge permit program, rather than matching stormwater fees to the costs of the stormwater program. Currently, permit fees paid […]

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Los Angeles Furthers Plans for Stormwater Capture

On July 2, Los Angeles County released proposed plans to develop a countywide network of stormwater capture and improvement projects. The ambitious Enhanced Watershed Management Plans (EWMPs) are the result of a multi-year collaboration between the state, county, and 49 area cities across 12 watershed groups to improve local and regional water supplies and waterways. […]

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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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