Tag Archives: Innovation

Bill Would Direct Integrated Planning Pilot Program

With communities seeking cost-effective approaches to upgrading stormwater and wastewater systems, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act. The bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national integrated planning pilot program. The bill would help accelerate integrated planning, which is intended […]

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EPA Reports Stormwater Funding Needs

On Jan. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s clean water infrastructure. This includes wastewater and stormwater infrastructure as well as collection systems. EPA reports that $48 billion is needed to correct combined sewer overflows, and another $19.2 billion is […]

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‘Big and Bold’ stormwater pumping project featured in WE&T

The Trinity Watershed Management (TWM) Department of the City of Dallas relies on the Dallas Floodway System to protect about 4047 ha (10,000 ac) of the city from flooding. The system includes levees, pumping stations, detention basins, and gates. When analysis suggested upgrading six pumping stations and adding two more, TWM found the opportunity to […]

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Online Platform Supports Natural Infrastructure for Business

On Dec. 6, 2015, at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched an online platform, Natural Infrastructure for Business. The platform seeks to increase awareness of the business opportunities in investing in ecosystems – or natural infrastructure – and to increase action. The ultimate objective of the […]

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LIFT and Opti Partner for CMAC Field Study

Stormwater practitioners are invited to participate in the evaluation of continuous monitoring and adaptive control (CMAC) at scale. The trial is a collaboration between OptiRTC Inc. and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) ― a partnership between the Water Environment Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation to bring new water technologies to the field. […]

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New Technologies Help the Environment Agency Prevent, Prepare, and Respond to Flooding

The UK Environment Agency has revealed its armory of flood prevention technologies including lasers, solar-powered cameras, a gadget-laden incident vehicle, and a new remote-controlled robot called Mr. Nosey. The Environment Agency is using Mr. Nosey to investigate causes of flooding that are out of reach, including blocked tunnels and underground culverts. Mr. Nosey fits into […]

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Students Design Sustainable Storm Drain Filter

A team of students from the University of California–Riverside (UC Riverside) Bourns College of Engineering recently received a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a low-cost, environmentally friendly, reusable storm drain filter. The team received the funding as a phase one winner of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. Storm-drain inserts can be […]

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Online Tool Helps Fuel Water Sector Collaboration and Research

The Water Council — a hub for water sector innovation in Milwaukee, Wis. — launched the Global Water Port. The port is an online research and collaboration tool that was developed to enhance connectivity within the water technology sector and among those interested in finding solutions to water-related challenges. Launched at WEFTEC, the Water Environment […]

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Partnership Brings Big Data Solutions to Groundwater Issues

On Sept. 29, Qlik, a visual analytics company based in Randor, Penn., announced a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will address water availability and quality issues across the globe. For the first time, policy makers, corporations, and the public will be able to access and visualize scientific and technical groundwater information in […]

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City Digital Projects Seek to Improve Green and Underground Infrastructure Management

On Sept. 14, City Digital — a Chicago-based consortium focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment — launched two pilot programs focused on smart, green infrastructure monitoring and underground infrastructure mapping. The inaugural pilot programs are supported by founding members of the City Digital consortium, including Microsoft, Accenture, ComEd, Siemens, and HBK Engineering. […]

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