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Illinois Report Reveals Most Urban Flooding Victims Live Outside Designated Floodplains

On July 6, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released a report examining the prevalence and costs associated with urban flooding in Illinois, along with strategies and recommendations for minimizing property damage and other negative flooding effects. IDNR prepared the report in collaboration with other state agencies as mandated by the 2014 Illinois Urban […]

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Report Examines Flood Preparedness of 15 Canadian Cities

A new study assesses the flood preparedness of 15 major Canadian cities. The Co-operators, a Canadian insurance and investment company, commissioned the report, which was written by University of Waterloo Associate Professor Blair Feltmate and released on May 21. The project goal is to motivate cities to increase resilience against flooding and to provide a […]

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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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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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Report Highlights Green Infrastructure Solutions that Improve Climate Resiliency

On May 5, Island Press and the National Wildlife Federation released a report, Weather We Don’t Recognize, which provides understandable, science-based explanations about how climatic conditions in the Midwest are changing. It also explores the effects climate change is anticipated to have on human and natural communities. With its accessible approach to the complex topic […]

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New York City Green Infrastructure Outperforms Expectations

On March 20, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a detailed analysis of the performance of three neighborhood-scale green infrastructure projects in New York City. The analysis shows that green infrastructure can play an important role in improving the health and cleanliness of local waterways, and that cost-effective practices performed even […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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Improving Water Quality through Faster, Cheaper, Greener Methods

On April 22, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 released a guide intended to help Mid-Atlantic communities address water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods. The report, “Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure,” is the result of a multi-year effort between EPA Region 3 […]

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CIRIA Releases Flood Guidance and Defra Announces SuDS Standards

On March 24, The U.K.-based Construction Industry Research and Information Association released two new guides “Communication and engagement in local flood risk management” and “Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide.” The guides are intended to help communities engage with stakeholders, particularly those vulnerable to flooding. The guides are relevant at […]

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HUD Releases Green Infrastructure Report Within New Online Library

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library. HUD awarded the first Sustainable Community Initiative Grant in 2010, and the library will showcase products from the 143 communities that have received the grant since then. This new online library catalogs dozens of local and regional […]

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