Tag Archives: Innovation

Potomac Piranhas Host Stormwater Hackathon

. On Oct. 25, The Potomac PiranhasTM hosted the region’s first collaborative watershed program focused on innovation, capital, and entrepreneurship. The event, called a Hackathon, brought together 50 people from across geographic lines and sectors, including business, academia, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and government to brainstorm innovative ways to clean up the Potomac watershed. The Hackathon […]

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Oregon BEST Helps Fund University Testing of Biochar Filter

Oregon BEST funding will help Portland-based Sunmark Environmental collaborate with Oregon State University (OSU) researchers to refine a filter system based on waste biochar from lumber mills. The filter media, designed to remove heavy metals from stormwater, would cost 60% less than most activated carbon filter systems, an advantage for companies mandated to filter stormwater. […]

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Innovative Financing Accelerates Stormwater Management

Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. use innovative financing mechanisms to expand green stormwater infrastructure and meet water protection goals.

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Milwaukee Releases BaseTern Feasibility Study

In early July, Milwaukee released a feasibility study on its “BaseTern” concept developed by Erick Shambarger, deputy director of the city’s Office of Environmental Sustainability. The BaseTern combines the concepts of cistern and basements by using vacant basements to capture and store stormwater during wet weather events, reducing pressure on the city’s combined sewer system. […]

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LIFT Issues Call for Technology Scan Applications

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is now seeking submissions from innovative technology providers for solutions that can be applied in the water quality industry. Through the LIFT Technology Scan and Assessment program, technology providers are offered an optimal platform to introduce their emerging, pre-commercial, and newly commercialized technologies to funders, advisors, and end […]

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As Storm Surge and Sea Levels Rise, So Does Innovation

Increases in storm surge and sea level rise have increased the chances of water overtopping the Manhattan sea wall at least 20-fold compared to 170 years ago, according to a new study. Using old records, Portland State University and Stevens Institute of Technology researchers found that maximum water levels in New York harbor during major […]

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WEF Releases White Paper on Stormwater Product Evaluation Program

On Feb 6, 2014, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) Task Force released a white paper recommending a national testing and evaluation program for stormwater products and practices. The goal of a national program would be to meet the growing need for affordable and effective stormwater management […]

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Legislation Introduced to Support Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure

On Nov. 12, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013, which will provide essential tools for communities looking to invest in advanced stormwater strategies to manage polluted runoff and protect clean water. The bills have the potential to provide new jobs, reduce costs and improve […]

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Check It Out: Pilot Project to Test Energy-Passive Groundwater Recharge Pump

H2Opportunities, a nonprofit with the goal of bringing innovative water and wastewater technologies to market, recently issued a $99,000 contract at Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Parjana Distribution LLC. The 9-ha pilot project is a test of the company’s DrainAge technology, which is an energy-passive groundwater recharge pump that injects standing water back into […]

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Panelists Discuss Nontraditional Financing Mechanisms at WEFTEC 2013

On Oct. 9, during a discussion forum at WEFTEC® 2013, a panel provided insight on innovative financing mechanisms for stormwater infrastructure. Panelists discussed ways to use State Revolving Funds, incentive-based programs, and public–private partnerships to close the water infrastructure capital gap, which will approach $84 billion in 2020, according to the American Society of Civil […]

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