Tag Archives: Integrated planning

Port of Brisbane finds success in $1 million pollution prevention project

In early 2013, Cyclone Oswald tore through huge swathes of eastern Australia, causing some $2.5 billion (AUD) in damage across Queensland and New South Wales. The torrent deposited more than 1.8 million Mg (2 million ton) of agricultural contaminants, sediments, and nutrients into the Moreton Bay, highlighting a critical need for increased flood protection in […]

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Schools capture serious stormwater in New York

The upgraded Edward Bleeker Junior High School playground does more than offer students a new outdoor area to enjoy, it captures some serious stormwater. Green infrastructure elements reduce stormwater A 0.5-ha (1.2-ac) asphalt lot at the school has been renovated with green infrastructure elements capable of capturing more than 4160 m3 (1.1 million gal) of […]

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Palo Alto eyes new ways to manage stormwater

Embracing the concept of green stormwater infrastructure management, the city of Palo Alto, Calif., hopes to undertake a massive effort to revamp its crumbling storm drain system. The decision will go beyond simply more pumps and collection lines to encompass an entirely different way of viewing stormwater. Palo Alto Department of Public Works (DPW) officials […]

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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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Blog: Multidisciplinary approach, community engagement for green infrastructure

Multidisciplinary approach and community engagement essential to green infrastructure implementation success Brandon Vatter and Kelly C. Karll In recent years, as communities look for ways to ensure the quality of their rivers, streams, lakes, and estuaries, stormwater management approaches have shifted from methods that concentrate, convey, and discharge runoff to receiving waters, toward methods that […]

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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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WERF To Develop Integrated Planning Guide

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is developing a toolbox to help communities manage compliance with water quality regulations in a way that integrates multiple disciplines. The project, Users’ Guide for Integrated Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater (SIWM9R14), is led by Geosyntec Consultants with teammates from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, Patricia McGovern Engineers, […]

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Seattle Sets Sights on Green Infrastructure Target

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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NYC Permit Aims To Improve Water Quality

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a new permit to improve water quality and protect public health in New York City. The new State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit provides stricter controls on discharges from the city’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The permit includes conditions to better manage […]

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SPU Proposes Integrated Plan to Protect Seattle Waterways

On April 24, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) proposed a 15-year integrated plan to prevent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River, and Puget Sound. The integrated plan allows the city to implement stormwater control projects that will significantly benefit water quality in receiving water bodies, while delaying […]

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