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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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Improving Water Quality through Faster, Cheaper, Greener Methods

On April 22, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 released a guide intended to help Mid-Atlantic communities address water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods. The report, “Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure,” is the result of a multi-year effort between EPA Region 3 […]

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Nutrient Runoff from Agriculture Scrutinized in Chesapeake Bay

Excess fertilizer and manure applied to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore are causing poor water-quality in streams that flow into the bay, according to a new publication released March 12 by the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the report, the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore receives nearly twice as much nitrogen and phosphorus per square mile […]

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EPA Announces Winners of the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge

On Earth Day, April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure. Student teams proposed innovative green infrastructure designs to reduce stormwater pollution and develop sustainable communities. This year, more than 500 college students from […]

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EPA Releases Climate Adjustment Tool

On Feb.13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for its Stormwater Management Model — a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool enables engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future such climate change projections as more frequent high-intensity […]

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New Reports Highlight Opportunities During Green Infrastructure Implementation

Although green infrastructure is a critical tool for solving stormwater management challenges, it includes a set of evolving technologies “with inconsistent performance and uncertain costs,” according to a new report, released in March, by the UC-Berkeley School of Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Uncertainty about the performance or life-cycle costs of green […]

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EPA Grants to Improve Wetland Stewardship

On Jan. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $1 million in National Wetland Program Development Grants, which provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. EPA announced the award of six proposals including the first on leveraging hazard mitigation buyouts […]

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EPA, NOAA Disapprove Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program

On Jan. 30, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) disapproved of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. All states participating in the National Coastal Zone Management Program are required to develop a program describing how they will prevent and control polluted runoff in coastal waters. The agencies […]

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EPA Releases Reports on Paying and Planning for Green Infrastructure

In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]

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EPA and NOAA Release Storm Surge Resources

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane and one of the main causes of coastal inundation. It also can cause damage and flooding many miles inland. Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. are vulnerable to storm surge, and it is […]

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