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Detroit uses sites of demolished homes to soak up stormwater

An article published by the The Detroit News on May 19 describes how a coalition of researchers and city officials transformed several vacant lots from demolished homes into rain gardens to help control stormwater. The article, “Sites of demolished Detroit homes used to soak up water,” explains how the project started. The project includes representatives […]

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Stormwater infiltration pilot project in California aims to boost aquifer recharge

A pilot project is testing the feasibility of using specially-designed ponds for catching stormwater and facilitating groundwater recharge in the Pajaro Valley region of California’s Central Coast, where aquifer levels are dwindling from overuse brought on by severe drought conditions. Andrew Fisher, a University of California, Santa Cruz hydrogeologist who is leading the project, built […]

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New WRF report studies graywater and stormwater reuse

With chronic water shortages more commonplace across the U.S., and surging populations compounding scarcity issues in water stressed regions, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) released a new report that examines the risks, costs, and benefits of on-site water reuse of stormwater and graywater. The study, Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies: An Assessment […]

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National Academies Report Calls for Stormwater and Graywater Use Guidelines

In the face of drought and major water shortages, the U.S. increasingly is turning to alternative water sources like stormwater and graywater. However, guidelines and research on the risk of these water sources to public health and the environment are needed to support decisions for safe use, says a new report from the National Academies […]

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Los Angeles Homeowners Capture Stormwater with Smart Cisterns

On Nov. 4, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles unveiled LA StormCatcher, the area’s first-ever public-private collaboration that will capture and reuse stormwater. As many as eight homeowners in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will participate. Each home will be equipped with a cistern that can hold nearly 5000 L […]

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Researchers Study Stormwater Solutions for Semiarid Regions

In an effort that could serve as a template for semiarid regions across the world, researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma, and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. Research focuses on finding stormwater recovery technologies that are suited to the episodic downpours […]

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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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Los Angeles Furthers Plans for Stormwater Capture

On July 2, Los Angeles County released proposed plans to develop a countywide network of stormwater capture and improvement projects. The ambitious Enhanced Watershed Management Plans (EWMPs) are the result of a multi-year collaboration between the state, county, and 49 area cities across 12 watershed groups to improve local and regional water supplies and waterways. […]

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WEF Announces 2015 StormTV Project Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its fourth annual stormwater video competition. The 2015 StormTV Project received almost 150 submissions and more international submissions than any year prior. More than 35 expert judges reviewed the submissions and selected winners based on message communication and quality as well as content matter and […]

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Duke University Opens Reclamation Pond

On May 8, Duke University in Durham, N.C., opened a major stormwater reuse facility — an $11.5-million, 2.2-ha (5.5-ac) pond. The stormwater collected in the pond will be used to make chilled water. The major driver for this project was the 2008 drought. With the new system in place, the university will be able to […]

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