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Washington, D.C., residents ranging from 14 to 24 years old attend a lecture about careers in green infrastructure as part of the annual Green Zone Environmental Program. (Photo courtesy Seth Brown)

Introducing tomorrow’s technicians to green infrastructure

By Seth Brown “So it’s like a sponge?” a 17 year-old asks with a questioning look on her face. “Yes, that’s a perfect way to think of it,” replies Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia. This interaction is typical of the exchanges that occurred […]

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Moving stormwater public education to prime time

New organization seeks to share messages nationally All municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a delegated state authority require public education as a strategy to improve stormwater and receiving water quality by changing public behavior. Public education is the primary workhorse of nonstructural best management […]

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The StormTV Project Returns for 2016

For the fifth year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project. However, this year the project will be an exhibition instead of a competition. The program recognizes and highlights the work of stormwater professionals while collecting and sharing great ideas, so communities can learn from one another. From June 10 to July […]

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Controversial Tennessee stormwater bill becomes law without governor’s signature

A contentious stormwater bill (S.B. 1830/H.B. 1892) that restricts the ability of localities to establish post-construction control standards has become law in Tennessee without action by Governor Bill Haslam (R). The legislation states, “No general permit shall impose post construction storm water requirements that are more restrictive than the Federal Water Pollution Control Act…”. The […]

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WEF provides comments on EPA proposed phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit remand rule

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provided public comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule, published in the Federal Register on Jan. 6, 2016. Prior to the register publication, EPA also made prepublication documents available for public review on Dec. 17, 2015. A formal […]

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WEF, DC Water partner to create green infrastructure certification program

Effort will support sustainable GI projects and spur economic growth DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation on Feb. 8 announced (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This program, which will be housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, will certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green […]

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‘Big and Bold’ stormwater pumping project featured in WE&T

The Trinity Watershed Management (TWM) Department of the City of Dallas relies on the Dallas Floodway System to protect about 4047 ha (10,000 ac) of the city from flooding. The system includes levees, pumping stations, detention basins, and gates. When analysis suggested upgrading six pumping stations and adding two more, TWM found the opportunity to […]

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The Year of Resilience

A 2015 stormwater year in review through the lens of resilience

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The Real Cost of Green Infrastructure

Andrew Potts, Brian Marengo, and Dan Wible of CH2M discuss four strategies for reducing green infrastructure costs gleaned from hundreds of built projects across the U.S.

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Evolving Green Infrastructure Through Asset Management

DC Water is developing a robust asset management program with an adaptive framework to plan proactively for green infrastructure maintenance.

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