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Qatar Launches Green Infrastructure Pilots as Part of New Stormwater Strategy

Qatar’s Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning is working on several pilot projects in Doha as part of new stormwater management strategy, according to a local news source The Peninsula . With its arid climate, Qatar experiences low annual rainfall, intense storms, and high evaporation rates. However, increases in impervious [...]

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California Governor Signs Bill Providing $687 Million for Drought Relief

On March 1, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a $687 million emergency drought relief package following his January declaration of a drought State of Emergency. The package includes $549 million from the accelerated expenditure of voter-approved bonds for infrastructure grants for local and regional projects that are already planned or partially completed. Projects [...]

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Public Comment Opens on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

California’s $25-billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will deliver water to Southern California, is now open for public comment. The plan is an application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a 50-year permit. It includes two 56-km (35-mi) long tunnels and three intake pumps [...]

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Australian Stormwater Controls Must Combat Droughts and Floods

Australia is a country of droughts and flooding, and new initiatives are helping the country tackle both problems. In Melbourne, local government schools and homeowners recently achieved the region’s goal of building 10,000 rain gardens. The Melbourne Water 10,000 Raingarden Program, started in 2008, focused on the Port Phillip and Westernport regions. Local councils started [...]

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Registration Opens for WEF’s Inaugural Stormwater Congress

“I’m really excited about the first-ever Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 2013. The Congress will build on the success of last year’s inaugural Stormwater Symposium. The event further demonstrates WEF’s commitment to the growing stormwater management market and its importance to WEF’s mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.”  – Larry Jaworski, co-chair of [...]

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Mount Evelyn Pilot Project Advances Stormwater Capture and Use

On Feb. 26, the water minister of the Australian state of Victoria announced a pilot project in Mount Evelyn. The goal of the project is to mitigate water quality problems in Little Stringybark Creek caused primarily by runoff from increasing urban development. Local community, educational researchers, and Melbourne Water have been promoting rainwater tanks and [...]

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Melbourne Runoff Could Become State Property in Australia

A desalination plant that sits idle outside of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, highlights the difficulty of long-term water supply planning. The $3.5 billion desalination plant was designed during a period of drought. However, in the last 3 years, severe flooding has occurred, leaving Victoria reservoirs full. According to news sources, annual stormwater runoff in Melbourne, [...]

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ARCSA and ASPE Seek Public Comment on Rainwater Catchment Standard

Jointly developed by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems was originally published July 2009. Together, the two organizations — with sponsorship from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) — have extensively revised the standard. It is now online [...]

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Exploring the Multiple Benefits of Water Recycling Systems for New York City’s Water and Wastewater Utility

By Carolina Griggs, Vlada Kenniff, and Julie Stein with New York City Department of Environmental Protection Water’s worth it, but how much? The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) initiated a study to discover how much a gallon of water saved is worth in terms of DEP’s operational and capital costs, and whether [...]

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In Focus: Save the Rain To Protect Onondaga Lake

In 2009, Syracuse, N.Y., became the first community with a legal responsibility to reduce combined sewer overflows using green infrastructure. Save the Rain is Onondaga County’s green infrastructure campaign to improve Onondaga Lake’s water quality. By 2018, the county plans to capture 946 million liters (250 million gallons) of stormwater per year by constructing more [...]

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