Tag Archives: Innovation

Research Provides Better Understanding of Soils and Water

Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water’s path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone might demand. These minute differences contribute to water’s “preferential flow.” Locally, preferential flow affects how much water soils can store, how soils retain nutrients, and how […]

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WEF Announces State Winners of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

On May 15, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the 2015 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) — the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. WEF Member Associations (MAs) selected and will sponsor the state winners to attend the U.S. competition, scheduled for June 19-20 at the Hilton Washington Dulles […]

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Copenhagen Neighborhood Redesigned With Climate in Mind

In August 2011, St. Kjeld, a low-lying neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, experienced extreme flooding, with more than $1 billion in damages. However, the area will soon be home to a number of innovative green infrastructure and drainage projects, and is the first suburb in Denmark, if not the world, to be redesigned specifically for climate […]

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Crowdsourcing Water Data

Technology is increasing opportunities for crowdsourcing water data. CrowdHydrology, a new phone application that debuted at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Dec. 2014, allows citizen scientists to report stream depths at various gauging stations and is run in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey. The stations have signs asking people to report the stream […]

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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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