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Cities Launch LID Design Competitions

Chattanooga, Tennessee, through its Resource Rain program, kicked off a Low Impact Development (LID) Design Challenge on March 13. To win, design teams will need to demonstrate efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to stormwater management and city beautification. The competition is intended to familiarize the design sector with new Environmental Protection Agency standards, which will [...]

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All the Way to the Ocean

The children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, a tale about stormwater pollution and its effects on marine life, is making it cool for kids to pick up trash.

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Relabeling Extreme Rainfall Events To Improve Public Understanding

The 100-year rain storm is understood poorly by the public. Author Thomas Grisa describes a rating system measuring a storm’s severity rather than its rarity.

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SEMCOG Seeks Public Input on Green Infrastructure Vision

Throughout the summer and into this fall, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is hosting visioning sessions in the region’s seven counties as part of its Green Infrastructure Vision. The sessions are intended to gather input from stakeholders on existing green or natural areas and to envision the types and locations for future green [...]

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Corridors of Opportunity Investigates Green Infrastructure Along the Green Line

Projected to open in 2014, the Central Corridor or Green Line light-rail will carry passengers between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. An effort is under way to use this development project to improve stormwater management with shared, stacked-function green infrastructure, reducing runoff to the Mississippi River. The Central Corridor Stormwater and Green [...]

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WEF Releases White Paper on Hosting LID Design Competitions

In May, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) held a workshop on low impact development (LID) design competitions. The workshop was a discussion forum for cities that have held competitions and offered a training opportunity for those with interest. The project, funded by a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant, included the development of a white paper on [...]

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WEF Announces Winners of Stormwater Video Competition

The StormTV Project is a video competition developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) with the goal of sharing creative ways of managing stormwater, improving water quality, and informing the public about stormwater management. Winners include LandStudies, Inc.; Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; the Chesapeake Bay Program; WesTech Engineering, Inc.; and the Washington Stormwater Center. [...]

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Join Stormwater Congress Session on Stakeholder Engagement Online

For those who cannot make it to the Stormwater Congress or for those whose schedules are full with the congress’ 19 technical sessions, pavilion programming, and more, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) invites water professionals to join the conference via WEFTEC On Demand. WEF will broadcast one stormwater session — Creating Meaningful Dialog to Support [...]

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Virtual Sandbox Offers Hands-On Lessons in Hydrology

The University of California–Davis (UCD) Tahoe Science Center in Incline Village, Nev., has a new way of teaching visitors about hydrology without putting them to sleep. The Shaping Watersheds Interactive Sandbox is an augmented-reality exhibit that enables users to explore geological and hydrological concepts, such as topography and dam construction, that affect water management and [...]

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U.S. EPA Videos Feature Urban Waters Voices

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of videos on local efforts to restore urban waters. The Urban Water Voices series focuses on community efforts to improve public outreach, education, and environmental stewardship. Videos include improvements already made and unique challenges still facing local waterbodies across the U.S. One of the [...]

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