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Supporters Sign on to Australian 202020 Vision

Partners, advocates, and “visionaries” continue to join the Australian 202020 Vision, launched in November 2013. The goal of the program is to create 20% more urban green spaces by 2020. The vision also represents a unique collaboration between government, academic, and private sectors. The official launch was held in a future green space in Sydney, [...]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small [...]

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Source Water Collaborative Releases Partnership Building Toolkit

In mid-January, the Source Water Collaborative — a group of 25 national organizations united in protecting America’s drinking water at the source — released a new online toolkit. The guide helps to “facilitate partnerships to protect drinking water sources through agriculture, conservation practices, stormwater and forest management.” With the toolkit, users can obtain guidance on [...]

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EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to the National Stormwater Calculator, adding a climate assessment tool that allows the calculator to assess future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on [...]

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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of [...]

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Online Tool Provides River ‘Road Map’

Where does stormwater go once it reaches a stream or river? Now find out without getting wet. Streamer is an online tool from the National Atlas of the United States announced July 17 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It is essentially a “road map” for waterways. With Streamer, users can follow the path of [...]

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U.S. EPA Releases Stormwater Calculator

On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the National Stormwater Calculator. The new calculator is designed for property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners. It can help users determine what stormwater management practices to install. The desktop application enables users to estimate annual stormwater runoff from a site, based on different scenarios, [...]

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WERF Releases Tool To Aid BMP Selection

In late June, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released BMP SELECT 2.0. This spreadsheet tool helps users conduct planning-level analyses of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Users can compare life-cycle costs and pollutant-removal efficiencies of various practices under alternative scenarios. Simulate the control of total suspended solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and total zinc [...]

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Beach Advisory Tools Help Keep Swimmers Safe

Beach closures are usually the result of water quality tests that indicate bacterial contamination. Generally, the bacteria come from sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, boating and animal waste, and leaking septic systems. Several online tools are available to help beachgoers stay safe this summer. On May 20, the Waterkeeper Alliance launched an online tool and mobile [...]

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National Stormwater Calculator Coming Soon

This fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will release the National Stormwater Calculator. It is a tool designed to help city planners, developers, and property owners assess the runoff-reduction benefits of green infrastructure on specific sites. Taking into account local soil conditions, land cover, and historical rainfall records, the calculator will determine the annual amount [...]

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