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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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WEF Releases Special Stormwater-Focused Issue of WER

The September issue of Water Environment Research (WER), the peer-reviewed research journal of the Water Environment Federation, focuses on stormwater. The issue highlights the importance of continued research in basic and applied science and engineering to reduce the effects of stormwater while maximizing the environmental, social, and economic benefits of stormwater management. An open-access paper […]

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Microbes in Stormwater Canals Could Help Clean Raw Water

A 7-year scientific study has revealed that microbial communities in urban waterways can play an important role in cleansing Singapore’s waterways and also act as raw water quality indicators. The study found that canals designed to channel stormwater host microbial communities that could remove and neutralize organic pollutants, nutrients, and metals in raw water. Organic pollutants […]

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Researchers Study Metal Uptake by Plants

In recent years, researchers and environmental engineering experts at Utah State University (USU) have looked closely at the level of pollutants carried by stormwater and how simple changes in stormwater management in cities and towns across Utah could help alleviate the problem. USU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers are wrapping up a long-term […]

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EPA, States and Automotive Industry To Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive industry representatives, and the Environmental Council of the States signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5% by 2021 and to 0.5% […]

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California Releases Report on Land Use, Chemical Pollution Trends in State Streams

According to a report released Nov. 19 by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), detections and concentrations of pyrethroid pesticides are increasing in the state’s stream sediments. Pyrethroids are the active ingredients in many currently used pesticides available to urban consumers in the U.S., and also are widely used in agriculture. Many pyrethroids […]

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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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