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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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EPA Releases Small Lot Tool for Construction General Permit

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new tool to assist small residential lot builders in developing their required stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Small Residential Lot SWPPP Template supports compliance with EPA’s Construction General Permit. All builders must seek Construction General Permit coverage for construction activity disturbing more than one acre. Permits […]

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EPA, U.S. Army Corps Release Jurisdictional Findings Database

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made public a national database of approved jurisdictional determinations. The determinations apply to the Clean Water Act section 404 program, which regulates the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. Measures to improve the section 404 program […]

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EPA Launches New Tool to Support Community Interest in Green Infrastructure

The Green Infrastructure Wizard, or GIWiz, is a new web-based tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is helping communities consider the benefits and uses of green infrastructure. The tool responds to growing community interest in using green infrastructure as a means of addressing water quality concerns and a range of other local […]

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USGS Releases Pesticide Mapping Tool

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the United States. The tool enables users to identify which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life. The predictions also can be used […]

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New USGS Tool Enables Water Quality Tracking in Rivers and Streams

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced the availability of a new online tool that can track nutrients and sediment levels in the nation’s rivers and streams. The online tool covers 106 monitored river and stream sites that are part of the USGS National Water-Quality Network for Rivers and Streams, providing graphical summaries of nutrient […]

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EPA Releases Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool

A new tool from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows users to locate areas with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. Named EJSCREEN, the environmental justice screening and mapping tool applies demographic and environmental data to high-resolution mapping to identify communities at greater risk to pollution exposure. EPA’s tool is based on eight […]

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New Website To Protect Coastlines Available

A new partnership between the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and representatives from state agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and private industry has formed to explore new ways to protect U.S. coastlines. At issue […]

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CIRIA Releases Tool for Assessing SuDS Benefits

On July 1, the construction industry research and information association (CIRIA), based in London, UK, released a spreadsheet-based tool and associated guidance for assessing the benefits of sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). With the Benefits of SuDS Tool, called BeST for short, users can evaluate a wide range of benefits, typically based on overall drainage […]

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Planning Toolset Helps Farmers Implement Conservation Practices

A new agricultural conservation planning framework (ACPF) will provide a systematic approach to identifying the best options for reducing nutrient losses and erosion within a watershed. The research, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the Environmental Defense Fund, will address the growing need for agriculturalists to improve water quality, […]

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