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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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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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Canadian city “prices” 150 local trees for National Tree Day

While it may be true that “money doesn’t grow on trees,” the City of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) wants residents and visitors to know that each tree can add thousands of dollars to the value of its surrounding community. To help raise awareness of both the economic and ecological benefits provided by local trees, city environmental […]

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Colorado schools screen video to save stormwater dollars

Grand Valley Drainage District (GVDD; Grand Junction, Colo.) has come up with an unconventional approach to get the word out to students about its work within the Colorado River watershed. If public, private, or charter schools show students a 3-minute video outlining the history, activities, and purpose of the GVDD, those schools will be reimbursed […]

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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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WEFTEC 2016 service project volunteers will construct two bioswales at City Hall in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of Tyler Antrup, New Orleans City Planning Commission.

WEF service project to address flooding problems at city hall in New Orleans

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) is hard at work finalizing plans and logistics for the ninth annual WEF Community Service Project, “NOLA Grows Green: The City Hall Stormwater Project.” More than 200 volunteers are expected to participate in this year’s event, which is being held during WEFTEC® […]

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WEF shares 2016 StormTV Project participants

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) this month posted the participants in its fifth annual stormwater video project. For 2016, the StormTV Project changed from a competition to an exhibition. The project seeks to recognize and highlight the work of stormwater professionals. It collects and shares videos of innovative stormwater programs, practices, products, and public outreach […]

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Green infrastructure-focused STEM mentoring program celebrated at White House

For the CH2M Foundation (Englewood, Colo.), The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.), and W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences (Philadelphia, Pa.), an invitation to be honored at the White House resulted from a simple idea: connect accomplished experts in the fields of environmental science and engineering with talented young people to demonstrate the value of […]

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River Network continues National Rain Barrel Program

The 8th annual National Rain Barrel Program, managed by The River Network (Boulder, Colo.) and supported by Coca-Cola, is well underway. Through June 2017, the Rain Barrel Program will provide free supplies and guidance to allow River Network member groups from around the U.S. to bring the benefits of stormwater conservation into their communities. Rain […]

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Michigan elementary schoolers reduce pollution while making art

More than 150 elementary school students and 30 educators from Bay County, Mich., have found a way to beautify their community while saving money on water bills. Five area schools and extracurricular groups recently met to paint rain barrels for display and use outside popular buildings throughout their community. Embracing this concept of green infrastructure, […]

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