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Pilot program selects two winners to advance water technology prototypes

The Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program recently selected two winners to move their water technology working prototypes to real world demonstration sites for practical application. The pilot program, a partnership between the Water Council (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Fund for Lake Michigan, provides support and funding to businesses of all sizes to help […]

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New Bond Opportunities Focus on Climate Resiliency

RE.bound program develops new resilience bond A team of private sector partners has released the framework for a new insurance-based product intended to generate capital for risk-reduction projects. The RE.bound Program, released Dec. 9, 2015, offers a new financial product called a “resilience bond.” These bonds are designed to help manage the financial risk from […]

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EPA Reports Stormwater Funding Needs

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s clean water infrastructure. This includes wastewater and stormwater infrastructure as well as collection systems. EPA reports that $48 billion is needed to correct combined sewer overflows, and another $19.2 billion is […]

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WEF Backed Runoff Provision Included in Highway Bill

On Dec. 4, President Obama signed the Fixing American Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. It is the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years. The FAST Act will increase funding for highway transportation infrastructure by about 11% over 5 years. The highway reauthorization bill also included a stormwater management provision that […]

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LIFT and Opti Partner for CMAC Field Study

Stormwater practitioners are invited to participate in the evaluation of continuous monitoring and adaptive control (CMAC) at scale. The trial is a collaboration between OptiRTC Inc. and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) ― a partnership between the Water Environment Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation to bring new water technologies to the field. […]

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Urban Waters Restoration Grant Request for Proposals Open

On Nov. 3, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a request for proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The grant is a public-private partnership funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetlands and Urban Waters Programs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

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County Announces First Stormwater Project Completed Under Public-Private Partnership

On Oct. 8, Prince George’s County announced the completion of the county’s first stormwater retrofit project under the Clean Water Partnership (CWP). The project at Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church includes installation of pervious pavers, three rain gardens, an infiltration trench, and a bioswale. The project will filter runoff from approximately 1 ha (2.35 ac) and […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sewer District in Stormwater Fee Case

On Sept. 15, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is authorized to manage stormwater and can impose a fee for that purpose. “This is a great victory for the region,” said Darnell Brown, NEORSD’s Board of Trustees president. “Stormwater is causing damage and inter-community flooding problems, and we […]

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WEF Releases Future of Stormwater Report

On Sept. 28, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) released a comprehensive report detailing the challenges, opportunities, and pathways to improving the nation’s stormwater systems. The release of Rainfall to results: The future of stormwater at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago coincided with the official launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new center of excellence and innovation […]

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University-led Consortiums Receive Grants for Urban Sustainability Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) has granted 5-year, $12 million awards to three separate research networks to conduct integrated research on urban sustainability. One of the awards was given to the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners nationwide. UWIN addresses […]

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