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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Detroit uses sites of demolished homes to soak up stormwater

An article published by the The Detroit News on May 19 describes how a coalition of researchers and city officials transformed several vacant lots from demolished homes into rain gardens to help control stormwater. The article, “Sites of demolished Detroit homes used to soak up water,” explains how the project started. The project includes representatives […]

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Hope for saving salmon lies in reducing stormwater pollution

Salmon exposed to toxic stormwater can die in a matter of hours. But preliminary new findings by Washington State University (WSU; Seattle) researchers suggest that bioretention systems, such as rain gardens, that filter out contaminants from stormwater runoff are key for preventing lethal impacts on fish, according to a WSU press release. Effective bioretention systems […]

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New green infrastructure investment model receives $1.7 million in funding

Prudential Financial is investing $1.7 million in a pilot collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.) and asset management firm Encourage Capital (New York) to prevent millions of gallons of stormwater runoff originating in Washington D.C. from the entering the Anacostia and Potomac rivers. The venture, called District Stormwater LLC, is based on a new […]

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New stormwater facility to improve Puget Sound water quality

Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma have built a 510-m2 (5500-ft2) stormwater treatment system at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash. The system will filter stormwater runoff from a 305-ha (754-ac) watershed that protects Puget Sound from water pollution. Funded by a grant from the state Department of Ecology, the goal of the […]

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New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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WEF Volunteers To Install Green Infrastructure at Annual Service Project

On September 26, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee will host its eighth annual service project, “The Pershing Cultivation Project: Growing Green Gardens and Young Minds.” At this year’s project, held at Pershing Magnet School in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, volunteers will construct a rain garden and an outdoor classroom that will […]

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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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University of Connecticut Expands Rain Garden Mobile App

In mid-May the University of Connecticut announced an expansion to its free rain-garden smartphone application. It is now a multistate application, available for both iOS and Android devices, that contains information on plants, sizing, and soils for 13 states. Originally developed for Connecticut with funding from Connecticut Sea Grant, the rain-garden mobile application helps users […]

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NYC Releases Green Infrastructure Annual Report

In early May, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released its 2014 Annual Report for the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. In 2014, DEP met or exceeded the expected green infrastructure performance rates for the three neighborhood demonstration areas, committed $36 million for green infrastructure construction as part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, […]

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