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Op-ed urges green measures for cost-effective stormwater management

On Oct. 8, an op-ed penned by John M. Erb, president and chairman of the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation (Royal Oak, Mich.), appeared in the Detroit Free Press. The piece, which followed a special series of articles outlining the ecological, economical, and political problems surrounding chronic pollution in Lake St. Clair, […]

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U.S. Government Accountability Office releases new report on stormwater management

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released a new report analyzing the use of green infrastructure by municipalities to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stormwater requirements. The report, EPA Pilot Project to Increase Use of Green Infrastructure Could Benefit from Documenting Collaborative Agreements, was prepared in September 2017, but not […]

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WEF announces winners of 2017 StormTV competition

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its sixth annual stormwater video competition. The StormTV Project is a video contest recognizing innovative stormwater practices, programs, products, and public outreach. The 2017 StormTV Project received 40 submissions and had 25 expert judges review the vidoes. The judges — primarily members of the WEF […]

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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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Stevens Institute of Technology green infrastructure lab enables side-by-side filtration media comparisons

If you’re an urban stormwater manager considering new green infrastructure, you want to make sure you choose the design that will retain the most runoff for your specific site without breaking the bank on construction. For bioretention planters and other designs that tend to be small, mobile, and effective at reducing inflow to storm sewers […]

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U.S. EPA opens 6th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

University students in the U.S. interested in bringing natural stormwater runoff management to their campuses are invited to participate in the 6th-annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge. Contest registration will be open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30; full application materials must be submitted by Dec. 15.   How RainWorks works As […]

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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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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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Washington, D.C., launches tree watering app

In June, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new DC Tree Watering Application. Bowser demonstrated the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) innovative new app to highlight the value of and need for community assistance in keeping newly planted trees hydrated. “We are committed to embracing smart technology across city government, and with the launch […]

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Great Lakes Commission announces Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program

The Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor, Mich.) on June 1 began accepting requests for proposals for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program. This program will provide funding to help small- and medium-sized communities improve water quality, manage stormwater, and enhance community well-being. The deadline to submit proposals is July 31, 2017. Grant details The […]

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