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Urban design software matches abandoned land parcels to green infrastructure projects

When Nicholas de Monchaux, an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, began his “Local Code” project almost 7 years ago, he set out to address two of the most pressing problems facing modern cities. Local Code uses open-source software to match thousands of abandoned city lots with site-specific […]

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U.S. EPA releases draft of long-term guide for stormwater planning

To help address the growing problem of runoff pollution in American cities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a step-by-step guide on Oct. 27 that will advise communities through the implementation or improvement of their own long-term stormwater management plans. The guide aims to prevent flooding as well as help communities reach broader economic […]

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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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Stormwater management conversation hits Minnesota airwaves

After a 20-cm (8-in.) rainstorm — more than an average month’s worth of rain for the area — led to rampant flooding across central and southern Minnesota on the night of Aug. 11, the problem of managing stormwater came to the forefront of public attention and hit the airwaves on public radio. Identifying the problem […]

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EPA awards green infrastructure grants to Great Lakes cities

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, more than $2 million will be distributed among 13 cities in Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and New York this year to fund green infrastructure projects. The grants, which were awarded on Aug. 10, are expected to fund projects that will prevent […]

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NOAA launches improved national streamflow forecast model

In direct response to a call by the Obama administration for innovations in the conservation of domestic waterways earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners on Aug. 16 unveiled a comprehensive forecasting model to predict the movement of rivers and streams across the continental U.S. The National Water Model […]

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UK report predicts new challenges for stormwater management due to climate change

After the passage of a recent history-making referendum to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is sure to undergo its share of new changes — but according to a new report by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), one of the country’s largest adjustments could be to the looming threats posed by global […]

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Port of Brisbane finds success in $1 million pollution prevention project

In early 2013, Cyclone Oswald tore through huge swathes of eastern Australia, causing some $2.5 billion (AUD) in damage across Queensland and New South Wales. The torrent deposited more than 1.8 million Mg (2 million ton) of agricultural contaminants, sediments, and nutrients into the Moreton Bay, highlighting a critical need for increased flood protection in […]

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Chicago breaks ground for stormwater diversion tunnel

On Sunday, May 22, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground on a joint project to relieve the threat of catastrophic flooding in the Albany Park neighborhood. The stormwater diversion tunnel will have capacity to divert 65 m3/s (2300 ft3/s) to prevent the types […]

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Artificial islands help clean stormwater

Artificial islands help clean stormwater Floating islands in a Wisconsin stormwater retention pond are helping remove pollutants from stormwater. The article “Artificial Islands Cleanse Pollutants From Stormwater,” describes how the floating islands are built and function. The article — part of the column The Works, which focuses “on infrastructure in a rapidly urbanizing world” — […]

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