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Habitual flooding affects many parts of low-lying South Carolina during heavy rainstorms. With mounting pressure for municipalities to address their stormwater readiness, diverse South Carolinian communities are implementing equally diverse tactics and fundraising schemes to limit runoff pollution. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

South Carolina municipalities find success with site-specific stormwater management plans

In South Carolina, which barely escaped the brunt of Hurricane Irma last summer, municipal stormwater managers are demonstrating that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to limit runoff pollution. And as the risks of poorly conceived stormwater management plans heighten with more frequent and more intense precipitation, the state’s big cities and beach towns are taking […]

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City of San Jose doubles down on stormwater control with ‘green streets’

The City of San Jose (Calif.) is demonstrating that when more than one green infrastructure measure comes together, impervious areas responsible for chronic stormwater management problems can become key parts of the solution. On Nov. 4, the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department (ESD) unveiled stormwater-focused retrofits to Park Avenue, a main thoroughfare in […]

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Coastal wetlands play key role in reducing flood damages from storm surge, study finds

The presence of coastal wetlands along the northeastern U.S. likely reduced flood damages during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 by at least $625 million, according to a recently published peer-reviewed journal article. As part of the same study, researchers also determined that salt marshes within Barnegat Bay on New Jersey’s coast can be expected to decrease […]

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Staten Island completes latest leg of award-winning stormwater project ahead of schedule

As the southernmost borough of New York City continues to expand and improve its natural wetlands, it also continues to earn recognition for its efforts to adapt to nature to solve chronic flooding issues. A sweeping Staten Island stormwater project, underway since 2014, in August received the Envision Silver Award from the Institute for Sustainable […]

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U.S. EPA opens 6th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

University students in the U.S. interested in bringing natural stormwater runoff management to their campuses are invited to participate in the 6th-annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge. Contest registration will be open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30; full application materials must be submitted by Dec. 15.   How RainWorks works As […]

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Ambitious DC Water project to cut flood risks by up to 40%

Last October, DC Water (Washington, D.C.) wrapped up construction on the First Street Tunnel, an 822-m-long (2700-ft-long), 7-m-wide (23-ft-wide) stormwater pipe located approximately 10 stories beneath Bloomingdale, one of the District’s most historically flood-prone neighborhoods. In July, the First Street Tunnel passed its biggest real-world test to date. When a line of severe storms hit […]

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Football stadium protects San Francisco Bay with state-of-the-art stormwater system

In 2014, when the San Francisco 49ers football team relocated to a new home stadium at the height of many years of drought in California, water sustainability was a high priority for designers. Installing forward-looking features such as a 2500-m2 (27,000-ft2) green roof, an innovative biofiltration system, and a display that offers information about the […]

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ULI: Green infrastructure on real estate developments saves money, benefits public

Implementing green infrastructure solutions over traditional gray infrastructure in urban areas not only carries benefits for the environment, but also for real estate developers’ bottom-lines, according to a May 2 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI; Washington, D.C.). The report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, contends that incorporating […]

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Melting snow thought to increase likelihood of seasonal earthquakes in California

Each summer, winter accumulations of snow in California’s various mountain ranges begin to melt. As they do, millions of liters of stormwater flow groundward, refilling aquifers and reservoirs while quenching farmland. When this much water falls from the mountains in an abbreviated period, it can spell disaster for those living below, as was almost the […]

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High school student wins U.S. EPA award for Portland flood mitigation study

After taking home the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award from the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) in May, a high school junior from Oregon will present his research at next year’s EPA National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Adam Nayak of Cleveland High School (Portland, Ore.) […]

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