Tag Archives: Flood protection

White House Water Summit highlights new commitments to a sustainable water future

On World Water Day, March 22, the White House hosted a Water Summit to raise awareness about the national importance of water including the significance of cross-cutting, creative solutions for solving today’s water problems and inspiring change in how water is used, conserved and protected. The event served as a platform to highlight new commitments […]

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EPA’s Soak Up the Rain campaign encourages action on stormwater runoff

Soak Up the Rain is a stormwater public outreach campaign created by the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help raise awareness about the problem of polluted stormwater runoff and encourage action by citizens, municipalities, and others to help reduce runoff. Launched in 2012, the campaign seeks to highlight the […]

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Metropolitan Planning Council director highlights positive year for stormwater solutions

In a recent blog post, Josh Ellis, director of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, provided five reasons why 2015 was a good year in Chicago for stormwater management policy and infrastructure. Ellis cited the completion of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Thornton Reservoir, which will prevent stormwater from entering Chicago area waterways, and referenced […]

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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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Puerto Rico Enters Second Agreement with EPA To Fix San Juan Stormwater Systems

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement requiring Puerto Rico’s government to upgrade stormwater systems operated for road and highway drainage. This settlement is related to another agreement announced Oct. 26, 2015, requiring the Municipality of San Juan to upgrade its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Department of […]

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Green Infrastructure Toolkit Helps Address Urban Flooding in Midwest

Communities across the U.S. Midwest are seeking solutions to sewer overflows, basement backups, and other costly effects of urban flooding. New green infrastructure design templates now are available to help Midwest and Great Lakes region communities combat urban flooding and rethink stormwater management. The templates emerged an ongoing collaboration among Chicago-area government, nonprofit, and for-profit […]

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California Water Board Adopts Stormwater Strategy

On Jan. 6, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a strategy that advances stormwater management statewide. The new strategy views stormwater as a resource for present and future water supply needs. Unmanaged stormwater runoff presents a threat to human life and property, and it is a significant source of water quality pollution. However, […]

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Wales Releases Voluntary SuDS Standards

The Welsh government has released recommended non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). The standards are the result of 2 years of development with stakeholder engagement and public consultation. SuDS are intended to reduce flooding and overflows by freeing up capacity in the sewer system. This decreases the need for more costly grey infrastructure […]

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Ocala Recognized for Flood Prevention Efforts

In early December, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV recognized the City of Ocala for significantly improving its stormwater infrastructure and protecting the community from flooding. The City of Ocala participates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary incentive program recognizing community floodplain management that exceeds minimum requirements. In July, […]

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Illinois Creates Model Stormwater Ordinance for Communities

Flooding in urban areas from stormwater runoff may be mitigated when state and local governments plan a coordinated effort to reduce risk. The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offered their support to communities by developing a model ordinance that city and county officials can use when revising […]

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