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Ambitious DC Water project to cut flood risks by up to 40%

Last October, DC Water (Washington, D.C.) wrapped up construction on the First Street Tunnel, an 822-m-long (2700-ft-long), 7-m-wide (23-ft-wide) stormwater pipe located approximately 10 stories beneath Bloomingdale, one of the District’s most historically flood-prone neighborhoods. In July, the First Street Tunnel passed its biggest real-world test to date. When a line of severe storms hit […]

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U.S. EPA webcast: Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality

On Aug. 9, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Infrastructure program will host a webcast, titled “Exploring the Link Between Green Infrastructure and Air Quality.” In this webcast, speakers from EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development will discuss innovative research into […]

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U.S. EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: National Stormwater Calculator

On Aug. 23, 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss the National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) in a webinar. EPA developed the SWC to work toward local, state, and national stormwater management objectives. It also will support regulatory efforts to reduce runoff through infiltration and retention using green […]

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Football stadium protects San Francisco Bay with state-of-the-art stormwater system

In 2014, when the San Francisco 49ers football team relocated to a new home stadium at the height of many years of drought in California, water sustainability was a high priority for designers. Installing forward-looking features such as a 2500-m2 (27,000-ft2) green roof, an innovative biofiltration system, and a display that offers information about the […]

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NGICP awards more than 100 certifications in inaugural year

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) on June 30 awarded certifications to 46 additional individuals. This latest class of certificants brings the total number of credentialed green infrastructure workers recognized by the program to 108. NGICP is the first U.S.-wide initiative to build and recognize a workforce skilled in sustainable construction. The Water Environment […]

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ULI: Green infrastructure on real estate developments saves money, benefits public

Implementing green infrastructure solutions over traditional gray infrastructure in urban areas not only carries benefits for the environment, but also for real estate developers’ bottom-lines, according to a May 2 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI; Washington, D.C.). The report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, contends that incorporating […]

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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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Philadelphia high school students build rain garden as part of innovative public-private partnership

In June, 10th- and 12th-grade students at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences (Philadelphia) installed a rainwater management garden on campus grounds, culminating a year-long planning and design process. About 70 W.B. Saul students were mentored under a unique pilot program that leverages experts from the CH2M Foundation (Englewood, Colo.) and The Nature Conservancy […]

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Chester, Pa., puts community-based public-private partnership into practice

The Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester (CSWA; Pa.) and Corvias (East Greenwich, R.I.) on June 6 joined PENNVEST, the Chester Water Authority, and US Environmental Protection Agency Region III to announce a $50 million initiative that will finance, construct and maintain over 142 ha (350 ac) of integrated green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The […]

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U.S. EPA report promotes cooperation between parks and stormwater managers

In an effort to encourage effective stormwater management practices on public parks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds released a report, Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. The 23-page guide presents a framework to help municipal parks agencies develop partnerships with stormwater managers. […]

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