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UK report predicts new challenges for stormwater management due to climate change

After the passage of a recent history-making referendum to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is sure to undergo its share of new changes — but according to a new report by the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC), one of the country’s largest adjustments could be to the looming threats posed by global […]

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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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Carnegie Mellon installs stormwater tanks

After major storms flooded low-lying areas of Pittsburgh repeatedly in 2004, 2009, and 2011, Carnegie Mellon University is now in the final stages of a major stormwater management project that will redirect floodwaters from major storms toward constructive uses for both the city and campus. Since early May, construction crews have been excavating the area […]

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New book provides infiltration and inflow guidance

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released Private Property Infiltration and Inflow Control. This book offers guidance on methods to identify, locate, and estimate the magnitude of private property infiltration and inflow (I/I) as well as best practices to control it. I/I control efforts can pose a challenge for utilities, and private property […]

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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Chicago breaks ground for stormwater diversion tunnel

On Sunday, May 22, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground on a joint project to relieve the threat of catastrophic flooding in the Albany Park neighborhood. The stormwater diversion tunnel will have capacity to divert 65 m3/s (2300 ft3/s) to prevent the types […]

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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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New report predicts extreme precipitation in global dry and wet areas

A new study warns that extreme precipitation over land will increase in the world’s wettest and driest areas, with the hydrological cycle intensifying as a result of global warming. Released by Nature Climate Change, a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science of climate change including its impacts […]

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WEF provides comments on EPA proposed phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit remand rule

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provided public comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule, published in the Federal Register on Jan. 6, 2016. Prior to the register publication, EPA also made prepublication documents available for public review on Dec. 17, 2015. A formal […]

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New Bond Opportunities Focus on Climate Resiliency

RE.bound program develops new resilience bond A team of private sector partners has released the framework for a new insurance-based product intended to generate capital for risk-reduction projects. The RE.bound Program, released Dec. 9, 2015, offers a new financial product called a “resilience bond.” These bonds are designed to help manage the financial risk from […]

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