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Report lays out challenges and opportunities for water quality trading programs

Compared to similar market-based environmental programs that aim to address climate change or protect endangered wildlife, participation in water quality trading (WQT) programs has remained low in the U.S. for decades. According to a recent report, Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading, a major reason why potential buyers and sellers hesitate […]

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Most populous county in U.S. votes ‘yes’ on landmark stormwater legislation

On Nov. 6, Los Angeles (LA) County, Calif., voters voiced support for Measure W, which establishes a parcel tax to fund the county’s Safe Clean Water Program. According to ballot language, the tax would provide approximately $300 million each year to build a retinue of stormwater management infrastructure aimed at bringing the county’s 88 municipalities […]

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Federal stormwater legislation update: U.S. Congress passes policies proposed by WEF and partners

When President Trump signed into law the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) on Oct. 23 , a special federal stormwater financing task force was created. The Water  Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.) have proposed and advocated for this task force during  the last year. The […]

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First-ever NMSA State of Stormwater report highlights common challenges for U.S. MS4 permittees

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.), a group of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees from around the U.S., released its first annual state-by-state review of MS4 program updates, challenges, and needs on Aug. 13. The 2018 NMSA State of Stormwater report analyzes the effectiveness of MS4 programs in 14 states and […]

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New Orleans offers green-infrastructure grants to residents of flood-prone Gentilly neighborhood

Located along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans’ low-lying Gentilly neighborhood has been a hotbed of flood-control innovation in recent years. As the city’s first “resilience district,” municipal government organizations are collaborating to invest more than $140 million into Gentilly to demonstrate groundbreaking pilot projects that address the area’s chronically stressed drainage systems and […]

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Pacific Institute report summarizes challenges, successes of stormwater capture in California

As natural water sources dwindle, communities across California increasingly rely on imported water. Climate change soon could make water supplies even more scarce. While experts predict droughts in the region to become more common, rainfall also is expected to become heavier and more frequent. A report released by the Pacific Institute (Oakland, Calif.) in June […]

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The sustainable design of King County's Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station includes a green roof, rain gardens, and cisterns to filter and collect stormwater. (Photo courtesy of King County)

WIFIA-financed King County, Wash., stormwater treatment project to protect water quality in the Duwamish River

Construction is underway in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Wash., on a combined sewer overflow (CSO) wet weather treatment station that will treat up to 265 million L/d (70 mgd) of polluted stormwater runoff that currently can flow into the Duwamish River during severe rain events. The $262 million Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station — […]

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Revised consent decree extends timeline for crucial Baltimore City wet weather improvements

Since 2002, the City of Baltimore has worked alongside state and federal regulators to reduce the occurrence of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). An original consent decree compelled Baltimore to substantially improve its handling of SSOs by 2016, but technical and financial difficulties necessitated a longer timeline to achieve meaningful results. Pending court approval, a proposed […]

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U.S. EPA announces launch of Water Finance Clearinghouse

On July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release announcing the public launch of the Water Finance Clearinghouse. The tool, developed by EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, will offer communities easy and efficient access to water infrastructure finance information. The Clearinghouse is an easily navigable web-based portal to help […]

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‘Economic instruments’ webcast recording available

On June 8, the WEF Stormwater Institute presented the webcast, Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. The recording of the webcast is available on-demand and at no charge until Sept. 10. About the webcast The webcast presents creative ways to raise the necessary capital to institute green infrastructure projects. It explored a suite […]

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