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State Revolving Funds return billions on federal investment

Investment in the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) create a massive returns on investment in tax revenues, jobs, and overall economic development. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the WateReuse Association on May 3 released a report detailing new economic benefits analysis. The report finds that funding the requested $34.7 billion […]

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EPA announces 2015 Campus RainWorks winners

In April 2016, EPA announced four winners and two honorable mentions for the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Teams from the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Arlington earned first place wins. This is EPA’s fourth national design competition created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing green infrastructure […]

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NatureWORKS survey seeks to understand green infrastructure needs

Jobs for the Future, a national workforce development nonprofit, has fielded a national online survey of contractors to collect data to better understand the skills, credentials, and potential of the U.S. green infrastructure workforce. This survey is one part of the NatureWORKS study, which is funded by the USDA Forest Service and The Kresge Foundation. […]

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Jared Hockenberry wins PWEA Golden Rain Drop Award

Jared Hockenberry, a project engineer/project manager with GHD, was presented with the 2015 Golden Rain Drop Award from the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) for his individual contributions to the advancement of the state of the art of stormwater management. Hockenberry was recognized for his leadership to the newly created PWEA Stormwater Committee throughout 2014 […]

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Research Provides Better Understanding of Soils and Water

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water’s path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone might demand. These minute differences contribute to water’s “preferential flow.” Locally, preferential flow affects how much water soils can store, how soils retain nutrients, and how […]

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Iron Could Limit Spread of Dead Zones, Study Says

In late May, a study led by researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and published in the journal Nature Geosciences suggests that iron released from continental margin sediments could limit the spread and duration of hypoxic areas, also known as dead zones. The iron may act as a natural limiting switch, keeping ocean systems from […]

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Check It Out: Pilot Project to Test Energy-Passive Groundwater Recharge Pump

H2Opportunities, a nonprofit with the goal of bringing innovative water and wastewater technologies to market, recently issued a $99,000 contract at Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Parjana Distribution LLC. The 9-ha pilot project is a test of the company’s DrainAge technology, which is an energy-passive groundwater recharge pump that injects standing water back into […]

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Check It Out: Green Roofs in Motion

Static green roofs and walls are becoming fairly common, but what about moving gardens? A company called Phyto Kenetic, created by Spanish landscape artist Marc Grañén, is now creating green roofs for buses. The green roofs keep bus temperatures cooler and can utilize air-conditioning condensate for irrigation. The plants grow in lightweight hydroponic foam, rather […]

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Check it out: Canadian Product Evaluation Group Releases LID Cost Tool

The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a multi-agency initiative led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, evaluates products and practices to increase the implementation of sustainable technologies in Canada. The group recently released a low impact development (LID) costing tool. Data behind the tool is based on an assessment of capital and life cycle […]

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Check It Out: Garden Bridge Could Span Thames By 2016

London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick has created designs for a $93 million (£60 million) garden bridge. The pedestrian walkway would incorporate plantings from grasses to trees while spanning the Thames River from Covent Garden to the South Bank. “With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities […]

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