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Successful Partnerships between Agriculture and Water Utilities Highlighted in White Paper

On Feb. 3, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, AGree, and the U.S. Water Alliance released a white paper entitled Collaborating for Healthy Watersheds. The paper highlights nine successful municipal-agricultural collaborations across the U.S. that address water quality issues at the watershed level. The traditional approach of building more and more advanced water and […]

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Alberta Considers Giving More Room to the River

In response to the 2013 floods in Alberta, the Canadian provincial government along with municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and others have identified, studied, and implemented various solutions for the Bow River Basin. Although the focus was primarily on large-scale gray infrastructure, the province is now piloting a new solution being used in the Netherlands to manage […]

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EPA Releases Reports on Paying and Planning for Green Infrastructure

In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]

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Report Calls for Urgent Improvements to UK Natural Capital

In January, the Natural Capital Committee, an independent body that advises the British government, released its third and final State of Natural Capital report. According to the report, urgent action is needed to reverse the long-term decline in natural capital across the country. Natural capital provides ecosystem services, such as clean water, but a debt […]

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New Study Quantifies Amount of Plastic in World Oceans

On Dec. 10, 5 Gyres Institute published a new report in the journal PLOS ONE that is the first global estimate of plastic pollution — both micro- and macroplastic. The study culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, according to the […]

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New Report Shows Chesapeake Bay Pollution Score Improves, Fisheries Decline

On Jan. 5, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its biennial “State of the Bay Report,” showing that while the overall pollution score improved, there has been a decline in fisheries. The “2014 State of the Bay Report” score is 32, a D+, unchanged from the 2012 score. The report notes improvements in dissolved oxygen, […]

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Report Examines Market-based Approaches and Private Financing for Green Infrastructure

According to a study funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), private financing of green infrastructure is being hampered not by a lack of capital but by a shortage of opportunities with enticing returns. This is the leading reason private financiers have been hesitant to invest and implement green infrastructure as a cost-effective solution […]

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CNT Releases RainReady Nation Report

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), based in Chicago, released in January “A RainReady Nation,” a report offering a suite of cost-effective solutions to prevent urban flooding. Launched in the summer of 2014, RainReady℠ is a CNT initiative established through years of working with homeowners and communities to better understand urban flooding. This experience gave […]

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NACWA Releases Analysis of Legal Challenges to Stormwater Fees

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently released a white paper titled Navigating Litigation Floodwaters:  Legal Considerations for Funding Municipal Stormwater Programs, which provides analysis on the types of legal issues affecting stormwater funding programs. In the absence of a federal rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned its focus to strengthening […]

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Defra Releases Bathing Water Quality Compliance Results

New figures published by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on Nov. 6 show that 93% of England’s beaches and inland bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, which is based on Escherichia coli limits. However, only about 60% meet the more stringent standards, which are set to […]

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