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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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UK Green Building Council Calls for Property Industry To Play Leading Role in Green Infrastructure

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) urges the property industry to play a leading role in protecting and enhancing natural features and biodiversity in the UK’s towns and cities. On Feb. 24, a UK-GBC task group announced a new report presenting the business case for green infrastructure. The report, Demystifying Green Infrastructure, finds that introducing green infrastructure into the built […]

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New Reports Highlight Opportunities During Green Infrastructure Implementation

Although green infrastructure is a critical tool for solving stormwater management challenges, it includes a set of evolving technologies “with inconsistent performance and uncertain costs,” according to a new report, released in March, by the UC-Berkeley School of Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Uncertainty about the performance or life-cycle costs of green […]

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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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