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U.S. EPA to change rule-making process for wastewater blending

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April that it will work with states, municipalities, and subject-matter experts to set public health and safety standards for wastewater blending. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will provide EPA with guidance and comments during the rule-making process. Wastewater blending is a procedure that water resource […]

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Historic D.C. cemetery partners with environmentalists to reduce impervious space

To help lower monthly stormwater fees and the capacity for runoff generation at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C., the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) has partnered with the D.C./Maryland chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC; Bethesda, Md.) to build more than $1.5 million of green stormwater infrastructure on the property. In 2013, DC […]

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Largest-ever USC construction project captures stormwater and refills aquifers

In August 2017, the University of Southern California (USC; Los Angeles) cut the ribbon on USC Village, considered the largest development in the history of the university. The 6-ha (15-ac), $700 million community hub is located at the northern edge of the university’s main campus. It features two grocery stores, 25 restaurants and retailers, a […]

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Boston releases 50-year floodproofing plan to meet climate risks

Boston was built on climate resiliency planning. Early residents gradually filled in low-lying Atlantic Ocean tidelands as the city expanded. They turned small islands and peninsulas into neighborhoods high enough above sea level to prevent flooding from typical tides and storms. Today, some of these areas, such as East Boston and Charlestown, are among the […]

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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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Apply for the 2017 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards today

The Water Environment Federation is accepting applications for the 2017 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. The entry period has been extended until Friday, April 14.

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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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From planning to permitting, stormwater apps help industrial property owners

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begins to focus on stricter regulations to deter industrial stormwater pollution as one of its National Enforcement Initiatives for the next 3 years, administrators of large industrial properties may want to consider new solutions to maximize the efficiency of their runoff management systems. Emerging technologies — such as […]

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University scientists develop artificial marshland to treat Louisiana stormwater

Scientists at Southeastern Louisiana University (Mandeville, La.) are using a relatively low-tech way of imitating natural marshland to help treat freshwater ponds contaminated by stormwater runoff. This marshland technology method is intended to improve water quality throughout St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. It is a component of the newly initiated stormwater management plan, which launched […]

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Washington, D.C., residents ranging from 14 to 24 years old attend a lecture about careers in green infrastructure as part of the annual Green Zone Environmental Program. (Photo courtesy Seth Brown)

Introducing tomorrow’s technicians to green infrastructure

By Seth Brown “So it’s like a sponge?” a 17 year-old asks with a questioning look on her face. “Yes, that’s a perfect way to think of it,” replies Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of the District of Columbia. This interaction is typical of the exchanges that occurred […]

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