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‘Rainstorm generator’ predicts more frequent – but less intense – dryland thunderstorms

In the lowest and most arid parts of the Colorado River basin, moisture from the ground rises into the atmosphere before condensing rapidly to form frequent and sudden thunderstorms. These storms, which typically control the flow of runoff, provide irrigation for river-bank plants, supplement water supplies, and affect the chance that the river will flood, […]

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Giving the U.S. stormwater sector its first nationwide grade

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.) is undertaking an effort to give stormwater its first nationwide grade and is looking for input by the end of November via an online poll. This effort is meant to support and compliment the American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card, increasing water sector coverage and […]

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Apply for the 2017 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards today

The Water Environment Federation is accepting applications for the 2017 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. The entry period has been extended until Friday, April 14.

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A retrospective on stormwater in 2016

By Chris French The first few months of every year seem to encourage stepping back to reflect upon the opportunities and changes that the last year brought.

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From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins to focus on stricter regulations to deter industrial stormwater pollution as one of its National Enforcement Initiatives for the next 3 years, administrators of large industrial properties may want to consider new solutions to maximize the efficiency of their runoff management systems. Emerging technologies — such as […]

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WEF shares 2016 StormTV Project participants

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) this month posted the participants in its fifth annual stormwater video project. For 2016, the StormTV Project changed from a competition to an exhibition. The project seeks to recognize and highlight the work of stormwater professionals. It collects and shares videos of innovative stormwater programs, practices, products, and public outreach […]

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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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