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$1.5 million green infrastructure investment transforms Chicago schoolyard

Renovations to a Chicago elementary school campus totaling $1.5 million will allow the space to retain more than 492,103 L (130,000 gal) of stormwater. The schoolyard’s transformation will promote physical activity, accommodate STEM-focused experiential learning, reduce runoff pollution, and demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure construction as well as reduce flood risks. Watch a 3-minute […]

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DC Water and the WEF announce inaugural National Green Infrastructure Program certifications

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) on Jan. 30 announced the issuance of the first certifications under the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). The NGICP is designed to verify that the inaugural group of 62 certified individuals have successfully demonstrated competency in the foundational knowledge, concepts, and terminology required to perform tasks […]

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Report delves into private funding options for green infrastructure

By Seth Brown The playing field for innovation in funding/financing as well as project delivery in the water sector is very full right now. From “green” bonds to pay-for-success as well as performance-based contracting, many new models are on the scene. A report released Jan. 20, titled, Assessing the Market Size for Large-Scale Adoption of […]

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NGICP hosts first certification exam

On. Dec. 13, 90 people completed the inaugural National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) exam. These 90 people hope to become the first set of entry-level workers to gain recognition under NGICP. The exam, currently offered through NGICP partner organizations, tested applicants on their knowledge of green infrastructure fundamentals, construction methods, and maintenance procedures. The […]

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NCAR study portends extremely rainy 21st century

If trends toward warmer climates continue at the same pace that they have during the last few decades, the U.S. could see extreme rainfall events up to four times more frequently by the end of the 21st century, a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR; Boulder, Colo.) finds. These storms could […]

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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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Urban design software matches abandoned land parcels to green infrastructure projects

When Nicholas de Monchaux, an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the University of California, Berkeley, began his “Local Code” project almost 7 years ago, he set out to address two of the most pressing problems facing modern cities. Local Code uses open-source software to match thousands of abandoned city lots with site-specific […]

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U.S. EPA releases draft of long-term guide for stormwater planning

To help address the growing problem of runoff pollution in American cities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a step-by-step guide on Oct. 27 that will advise communities through the implementation or improvement of their own long-term stormwater management plans. The guide aims to prevent flooding as well as help communities reach broader economic […]

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Chicago gives away trees to prevent flooding, help city wildlife

The emerald ash borer and extreme weather events have destroyed approximately 13 million trees in the Chicago area. To help remedy that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) staff began distributing more than 14,000 oak tree saplings. The distribution is part of Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree in Cook County, Ill. […]

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New York City awards Dewberry contract to improve green infrastructure

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) awarded Dewberry (Fairfax, Va.), a contract to provide design services for green infrastructure improvements in New York City. The contract includes preparing plans using the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) standard design for right-of-way bioswales, right-of-way rain gardens, and stormwater green streets. […]

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