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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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High school students to study stormwater management at annual UMaine institute

One university has found a way to engage tomorrow’s stormwater practitioners today. More than 20 teachers and just under 100 high school students gathered at the University of Maine’s campus in Orono to try their hands at stormwater management during the final week of June. For its third consecutive year, the UMaine Stormwater Management Research […]

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Moving stormwater public education to prime time

New organization seeks to share messages nationally All municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a delegated state authority require public education as a strategy to improve stormwater and receiving water quality by changing public behavior. Public education is the primary workhorse of nonstructural best management […]

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The StormTV Project Returns for 2016

For the fifth year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project. However, this year the project will be an exhibition instead of a competition. The program recognizes and highlights the work of stormwater professionals while collecting and sharing great ideas, so communities can learn from one another. From June 10 to July […]

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Enter NAFSMA’s 2016 Excellence in Communications, Green Infrastructure Awards today

The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) is accepting applications for its communications excellence and green infrastructure awards. The entry period for the 2016 Excellence in Communications Awards (for flood risk prevention and water quality efforts) and the new Green Infrastructure Awards Program is open until May 17, 2016. The Green Infrastructure […]

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