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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, […]

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University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

A new report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) looks at 40 case studies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine which management practices have been most effective. According to the report, “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake,” upgrading water resource recovery facilities, […]

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GAO Releases Report on Flood Insurance Reform

On Feb. 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on extreme weather events and how the Federal government can limit its financial risk, especially in light of climate change. According to the report, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creates significant “fiscal exposure.” In 2012, […]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their […]

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NRDC Releases Green Edge Report

In mid-December, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report on how green infrastructure can benefit commercial private property owners. The report, “The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value,” discusses monetary benefits beyond reductions in stormwater fees. Fee savings, NRDC says, can account for as little as 1–5% of […]

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Wetland Losses Increase, Study Reports

Between 2004 and 2009, the U.S. experienced a reduction of nearly 146,000 ha (360,720 ac.) of coastal wetlands, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report released Nov. 21. According to the report, “Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States,” […]

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Studies Look at Scope and Solutions for Litter of Waterbodies

On Oct. 29, the University of California, Los Angeles released a report on marine litter. According to the report, 18 million Mg (20 million tons) of plastic is blown, washed, or dumped into the ocean each year. This trash concentrates in five gyres, propelled by ocean currents. Litter may seem relatively benign, but it is […]

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Environmental Groups Release New Reports on Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report analyzing the economic benefits of green infrastructure. According to EPA, green infrastructure is economically beneficial when used where appropriate to supplement traditional stormwater infrastructure. The report includes 13 case studies that cover a variety of different cost-benefit analyses. It was prepared so that […]

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