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Governments and landowners rush to prevent flooding from melting Sierra Nevada snowpack

A record-breaking accumulation of snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains is melting steadily as temperatures continue to warm and the thaw continues. That’s both good and bad news for Nevadans — while snowmelt represents one of the most reliable sources of drinking water for the dry West, this year it could bring up to 2.5 […]

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New website connects site-specific flood hazards with green solutions

A new partnership, Naturally Resilient Communities (NRC), argues that a simpler, more cost-efficient way to stave off flooding, manage water quality, and even harvest stormwater for reuse, is to complement technology with nature. “From weather-related disasters and public health crises to needs for economic development, the demands on our communities’ limited resources are growing,” said […]

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U.S. EPA announces 2016 Campus RainWorks Challenge winners

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 20 announced the winners of its fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national college competition to engage the next generation to design solutions for stormwater pollution using green infrastructure. Student teams proposed designs that help aid innovative problem solving for their campus and community. The Campus RainWorks Challenge engages students […]

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MIT experiment reveals pathogen-spreading mechanism of rainfall

Each time a drop of rain hits the ground, small pockets of air at the surface are forced up, emitting a mist of smaller droplets in many directions as air breaks through the raindrop. Exhibiting behavior like an aerosol spray, the phenomenon could explain why freshly fallen rain leaves behind a familiar ‘earthy’ scent. After […]

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A retrospective on stormwater in 2016

By Chris French The first few months of every year seem to encourage stepping back to reflect upon the opportunities and changes that the last year brought.

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Key stormwater detention site construction to begin at former Houston golf course

The City of Houston, Texas, and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFD; Houston) are teeing up to build 10 stormwater detention basins on the site of the now-defunct Inwood Forest Golf Course in northwest Houston. Once completed, officials expect the network of basins to detain more than 1.3 billion L (350 million gal) of […]

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Trinity River floodplain set to become one of nation’s largest and greenest urban parks

Following a $50 million donation from the widow of late Texas philanthropist Harold Simmons last October, the Trinity Park Conservancy (Dallas) soon will break ground on the largest civic project in the history of Dallas — a “Nature District” along the Trinity River Corridor roughly eleven times larger than Manhattan’s Central Park. Harold Simmons Park […]

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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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Houston mayor approves $10 million for 22 proactive stormwater rehab projects

On Jan. 11, 2017, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner sent in SWAT to solve long-standing drainage problems across the city. But instead of carrying out high-stakes military operations, this SWAT — the cleverly named Storm Water Action Team — will commence work on approximately 100 deferred projects focused on maintaining and upgrading Houston’s aging flood management […]

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UK parliament committee calls for new approaches to flood management

Faced with predictions from the U.K. government’s recent National Flood Resilience Review to expect 20% to 30% more intense rainfall due to climate change in coming years, the bipartisan Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee of Parliament last month released a report calling for a complete overhaul of how the country approaches its vulnerability to […]

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