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WE&RF seeks research to recognize green infrastructure co-benefits

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF; Alexandria, Va.) is seeking competitive proposals for research to quantify the multiple benefits of implementing green infrastructure (GI) and to evaluate its economic, environmental/ecological, and social merits at the community scale. This call for submissions is open until June 19, 2017. This project, the Framework and Tools for […]

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U.S. EPA Region 4 bestows fourth annual Rain Catcher Awards

Three innovative stormwater projects in the Southeast U.S. have received the 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Rain Catcher awards. The honorees earned recognition during a May 15 ceremony at the International Erosion Control Association (Denver) Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston, S.C. “The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence […]

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WEF Stormwater Institute presents webcast on economic instruments for green infrastructure investment

On June 8, the WEF Stormwater Institute will present the webcast, Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Stormwater managers must meet broad watershed goals, provide benefits to the local community, remain flexible in the face of a changing climate, and manage costs. Green infrastructure can provide these benefits. This webcast will present creative […]

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Canada governments announce funding for 49 new water infrastructure projects

On May 23, the federal government of Canada and the provincial government of Ontario announced water infrastructure funding for 49 new projects, many of which include a focus on stormwater and green infrastructure. Among these projects, 18 will be built in the City of Ottawa and have been approved under the Canadian government’s Clean Water […]

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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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FY2018 president’s proposed budget seeks to eliminate EPA runoff pollution grants, memo says

According to a March 21 memorandum, federal funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will decrease by 31% if Congress approves the President’s Budget for 2018 fiscal year. The decrease would cut funding for several voluntary and region-specific EPA programs to refocus the agency toward its “core statutory responsibilities,” the memo states. David Bloom, […]

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Sacramento State stormwater project cuts pollution, raises awareness

On the main campus of California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), efforts to reduce stormwater runoff pollution make a big difference for water quality. Runoff from the campus, which hugs the west bank of the American River, travels about 11 km (7 mi) downstream before it mingles with the Sacramento River, ultimately emptying into the […]

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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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Cloud House reuses stormwater, demonstrates water cycle

On even the clearest day at Farmer’s Park in Springfield, Mo., visitors can spot at least one cloud in the sky. Like most clouds, it carries moisture, and drops rain under the right conditions. But unlike most clouds, this one is made from acrylic resin and sits tethered to the tin roof of a small […]

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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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