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AquaCharge reuse planning tool offers unconventional routes to water security

Conventionally, only two strategies exist for urban water utilities to increase water supplies on a municipal scale: stormwater reuse and wastewater reuse. As separate processes that require separate infrastructure, piping costs, and specific land-use requirements, most utilities invest in one process over the other. However, as drier parts of the world teeter on the brink […]

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U.S. EPA opens 6th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

University students in the U.S. interested in bringing natural stormwater runoff management to their campuses are invited to participate in the 6th-annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge. Contest registration will be open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30; full application materials must be submitted by Dec. 15.   How RainWorks works As […]

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ULI: Green infrastructure on real estate developments saves money, benefits public

Implementing green infrastructure solutions over traditional gray infrastructure in urban areas not only carries benefits for the environment, but also for real estate developers’ bottom-lines, according to a May 2 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI; Washington, D.C.). The report, Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate, contends that incorporating […]

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UC Davis, GE, and Winesecrets turn stormwater into wine

In 2015, California vineyards produced more than 2.4 billion L (638 million gal) of wine, according to the Wine Institute (San Francisco). And now, a California partnership is leading the charge to convert stormwater into wine. The Water Footprint Network (The Hague, Netherlands) estimates that each gallon of wine requires a staggering 3300 L (872 […]

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Orange County works with U.S. Army Corps to bolster groundwater supplies

To reduce dependence on water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; Fountain Valley, Calif.) is collaborating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to maximize the area’s stormwater capture capabilities. From July 2016 through January 2017, the height of California’s flood season, Orange County experienced rainfall […]

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Tree hydration system made from recycled diaper material minimizes stormwater runoff

Using watering bags to nurture young trees can help ensure a moist soil environment as the plants develop root structure. But standard watering bags require constant refills, and do little to deter stormwater runoff pollution. However, a new product made from the same material used in disposable diapers can catch and retain rainwater before releasing […]

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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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Rain barrel use in Colorado now legal

A new state law in Colorado, signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on May 12, now allows for the limited use of rain barrels for the purpose of rainwater harvesting. The signed bill became effective Aug. 10, 2016. Colorado previously was the only state to forbid the use of rain barrels. Rainwater harvesting for stormwater management […]

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Researchers seek to unlock stormwater to alleviate Texas drought

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a $42,800 grant from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (San Antonio, Texas) and San Antonio River Authority to support research that would treat stormwater so that it can be used by San Antonio. According to a USTA press release, San Antonio deals with both […]

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Palo Alto eyes new ways to manage stormwater

Embracing the concept of green stormwater infrastructure management, the city of Palo Alto, Calif., hopes to undertake a massive effort to revamp its crumbling storm drain system. The decision will go beyond simply more pumps and collection lines to encompass an entirely different way of viewing stormwater. Palo Alto Department of Public Works (DPW) officials […]

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