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U.S. EPA releases part three of MS4 permitting guidelines series

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third part of its ongoing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Compendium Series. The 47-page report presents examples of permit language used by MS4 managers from around the country to create site-specific regulatory criteria that either supplement or supersede the use of total maximum […]

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NGICP awards more than 100 certifications in inaugural year

The National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) on June 30 awarded certifications to 46 additional individuals. This latest class of certificants brings the total number of credentialed green infrastructure workers recognized by the program to 108. NGICP is the first U.S.-wide initiative to build and recognize a workforce skilled in sustainable construction. The Water Environment […]

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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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Melting snow thought to increase likelihood of seasonal earthquakes in California

Each summer, winter accumulations of snow in California’s various mountain ranges begin to melt. As they do, millions of liters of stormwater flow groundward, refilling aquifers and reservoirs while quenching farmland. When this much water falls from the mountains in an abbreviated period, it can spell disaster for those living below, as was almost the […]

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‘Economic instruments’ webcast recording available

On June 8, the WEF Stormwater Institute presented the webcast, Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. The recording of the webcast is available on-demand and at no charge until Sept. 10. About the webcast The webcast presents creative ways to raise the necessary capital to institute green infrastructure projects. It explored a suite […]

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Philadelphia high school students build rain garden as part of innovative public-private partnership

In June, 10th- and 12th-grade students at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences (Philadelphia) installed a rainwater management garden on campus grounds, culminating a year-long planning and design process. About 70 W.B. Saul students were mentored under a unique pilot program that leverages experts from the CH2M Foundation (Englewood, Colo.) and The Nature Conservancy […]

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High school student wins U.S. EPA award for Portland flood mitigation study

After taking home the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award from the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF) in May, a high school junior from Oregon will present his research at next year’s EPA National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Adam Nayak of Cleveland High School (Portland, Ore.) […]

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Washington, D.C., launches tree watering app

In June, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new DC Tree Watering Application. Bowser demonstrated the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) innovative new app to highlight the value of and need for community assistance in keeping newly planted trees hydrated. “We are committed to embracing smart technology across city government, and with the launch […]

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Chester, Pa., puts community-based public-private partnership into practice

The Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester (CSWA; Pa.) and Corvias (East Greenwich, R.I.) on June 6 joined PENNVEST, the Chester Water Authority, and US Environmental Protection Agency Region III to announce a $50 million initiative that will finance, construct and maintain over 142 ha (350 ac) of integrated green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The […]

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U.S. EPA report promotes cooperation between parks and stormwater managers

In an effort to encourage effective stormwater management practices on public parks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds released a report, Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. The 23-page guide presents a framework to help municipal parks agencies develop partnerships with stormwater managers. […]

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