Tag Archives: Innovation

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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WEF Hosts Innovative Stormwater Finance Forum

In July, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted meetings on water infrastructure financing. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will continue that conversation, pushing the envelope on innovative financing in the stormwater sector. The forum — Session 624: Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Finance Forum — will take place at [...]

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Check It Out: Green Roofs in Motion

Static green roofs and walls are becoming fairly common, but what about moving gardens? A company called Phyto Kenetic, created by Spanish landscape artist Marc Grañén, is now creating green roofs for buses. The green roofs keep bus temperatures cooler and can utilize air-conditioning condensate for irrigation. The plants grow in lightweight hydroponic foam, rather [...]

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Financing Urban Retrofits via a Public–Private Partnership

In early July, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) hosted a meeting on Financing the Water Infrastructure of the Future. The meeting focused on innovative financing mechanisms, particularly tapping into the resources of the private sector through public–private partnerships (P3s). “Local government is limited in its ability to provide funding necessary to meet [...]

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Green Roof Startup Selected for Accelerator Program

On July 17, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) and The Water Council selected four technology startups to participate in the Freshwater Seed Accelerator Program. The French company Le Prieure will participate through its American subsidiary Vegetal i.D. The company focuses on the art and science of green roofs with an innovative system that controls [...]

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Check It Out: Garden Bridge Could Span Thames By 2016

London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick has created designs for a $93 million (£60 million) garden bridge. The pedestrian walkway would incorporate plantings from grasses to trees while spanning the Thames River from Covent Garden to the South Bank. “With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities [...]

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Solar-Powered Protein Filter Removes Antibiotics From Surface Water

An article published the journal Nano Letters in April describes University of Cincinnati research on a solar-powered protein filter for removing antibiotics and carcinogens from surface waters. Researchers Vikram Kapoor and David Wendell report that the filters, made from bacterial proteins, work at a higher rate than activated carbon filtering technologies, absorbing 64% of antibiotics [...]

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