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WERF Releases Research on Green Infrastructure Real-Time Controls

The Water Environment Research Foundation has released the final report for its project “Transforming our Cities: High-Performance Green Infrastructure.” Project researchers examined the effectiveness of highly distributed real-time control (DRTC) technologies for green stormwater infrastructure. Controls investigated included advanced rainwater harvesting systems, dynamically controlled green roofs, actively controlled detention basins, and underdrained bioretention systems. Through […]

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Sea Grant Releases Great Lakes Monitoring Data Website

On Dec. 1, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) announced a new website that displays environmental data from across the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Monitoring application, created in conjunction with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by […]

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WERF Awards Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently awarded the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project — Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — will aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment. […]

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Australian Researchers Assess New Ways of Calculating Flood Risks

University of Adelaide researchers are devising new methods to more accurately estimate long-term flood risk across Australia. Researchers are examining the possible causes of floods and how they interact with each other. This information is being used to create sophisticated models which will be used by engineers to better calculate flood risks for different locations. […]

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UK Researchers Use Serious Gaming to Explore Water Management

Virtual worlds similar to those experienced by game players of the global phenomena Minecraft and SimCity could be used to help test potential new water infrastructure development in the UK. Experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering a new computer platform in which water engineers can simulate how existing and prospective new water systems […]

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Study Examines Effects of Small Gasoline Spills Over Time

A new study released in the September issue of the Journal of Contaminant Hydrology suggests that fuel droplets spilled at gas stations — which occur frequently with fill-ups — could cumulatively be causing long-term environmental damage to soil and groundwater in residential areas in close proximity to the stations. Most studies have focused on large-scale […]

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Newly Formed Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance To Address Nutrient Pollution

In late August, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance (IAWA) was launched by agricultural and environmental stakeholders, including Iowa Corn, Iowa Pork, and Iowa Soybean associations. These groups are looking to accelerate the pace and scale of quantifiable water quality improvements and to advance the success of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy by facilitating farmers’ engagement […]

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How should flood risk assessments be done in a changing climate?

In a new study published in Water Resources Research, authors ask why flood-risk assessments do not take into consideration the effects climate change and changing land use patterns have on flood behavior. According to the authors, dominant risk assessment techniques used to decide whether to build new flood protection infrastructure nearly always start with an […]

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Stanford Research Shows Value in Bivalves

A Stanford University study published in the July issue of Environmental Science and Technology shows that bivalves, including clams and mussels, can remove some compounds of emerging concern (CECs) from water in a matter of days. CECs include compounds from pharmaceuticals, personal care products, herbicides, and flame retardants. They are difficult to remove during wastewater […]

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Researchers Evaluate Bioretention

Bioretention is one of the most popular green infrastructure practices in many areas throughout the U.S. That is evident in the Chesapeake Stormwater Network’s recently released survey of stormwater management practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where bioretention was the most implemented practice over the last year. In fact, bioretention was implemented almost twice as […]

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