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NOAA Releases Living Shorelines Guidance

On Oct. 28, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines. The agency encourages the use of living shorelines to protect sheltered coasts — those not exposed to open ocean wave energy — from intense storms, erosion, and sea level rise. Living shorelines include a range of shoreline […]

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WEF Releases Future of Stormwater Report

On Sept. 28, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) released a comprehensive report detailing the challenges, opportunities, and pathways to improving the nation’s stormwater systems. The release of Rainfall to results: The future of stormwater at WEFTEC 2015 in Chicago coincided with the official launch of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a new center of excellence and innovation […]

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Researchers Fingerprint Erosion

Canadian researchers have developed a method to “fingerprint” sediment to its origin using color. Soil scientist David Lobb and his colleagues from the University of Manitoba as well as researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia use a technique called color fingerprinting. The color of a particular sediment is key to identifying the specific […]

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WEF Releases Special Stormwater-Focused Issue of WER

The September issue of Water Environment Research (WER), the peer-reviewed research journal of the Water Environment Federation, focuses on stormwater. The issue highlights the importance of continued research in basic and applied science and engineering to reduce the effects of stormwater while maximizing the environmental, social, and economic benefits of stormwater management. An open-access paper […]

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Minnesota Expands Agricultural Water Quality Certification

A state program certifying farms for protecting water quality is transitioning from four pilot areas to a statewide initiative available to all Minnesota agricultural producers. The expansion of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is made possible through a 5-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this […]

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New Website To Protect Coastlines Available

A new partnership between the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and representatives from state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and private industry has formed to explore new ways to protect U.S. coastlines. At issue […]

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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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Planning Toolset Helps Farmers Implement Conservation Practices

A new agricultural conservation planning framework (ACPF) will provide a systematic approach to identifying the best options for reducing nutrient losses and erosion within a watershed. The research, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the Environmental Defense Fund, will address the growing need for agriculturalists to improve water quality, […]

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Freshwater Trust Methodology Helps Prioritize Water Resource Projects

The Freshwater Trust will expand a methodology based on geographic information systems (GIS). Known as StreamBank® BasinScout™, the trust will use this methodology to assess and prioritize potential restoration opportunities in California’s Russian River basin. Snaking southward and draining Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Russian River provides drinking water for several hundred thousand Californians and […]

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USDA Makes $235 Million Available for Conservation Partnerships

On May 4,the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.  The funding is provided through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation […]

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