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Detroit uses sites of demolished homes to soak up stormwater

An article published by the The Detroit News on May 19 describes how a coalition of researchers and city officials transformed several vacant lots from demolished homes into rain gardens to help control stormwater. The article, “Sites of demolished Detroit homes used to soak up water,” explains how the project started. The project includes representatives […]

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EPA announces 2015 Campus RainWorks winners

In April 2016, EPA announced four winners and two honorable mentions for the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Teams from the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Arlington earned first place wins. This is EPA’s fourth national design competition created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing green infrastructure […]

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Pilot program selects two winners to advance water technology prototypes

The Water Council’s Pilot Deployment Program recently selected two winners to move their water technology working prototypes to real world demonstration sites for practical application. The pilot program, a partnership between the Water Council (Milwaukee), Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the Fund for Lake Michigan, provides support and funding to businesses of all sizes to help […]

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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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WEF is Now Accepting Applications for MS4 Awards

On March 8, the Water Environment Federation announced that it is accepting applications for its second annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders are invited to submit an application by April 15. An expert committee will review the entries. Each […]

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WEF, DC Water partner to create green infrastructure certification program

Effort will support sustainable GI projects and spur economic growth DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation on Feb. 8 announced (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This program, which will be housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, will certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green […]

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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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