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Hope for saving salmon lies in reducing stormwater pollution

Salmon exposed to toxic stormwater can die in a matter of hours. But preliminary new findings by Washington State University (WSU; Seattle) researchers suggest that bioretention systems, such as rain gardens, that filter out contaminants from stormwater runoff are key for preventing lethal impacts on fish, according to a WSU press release. Effective bioretention systems […]

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New report predicts extreme precipitation in global dry and wet areas

A new study warns that extreme precipitation over land will increase in the world’s wettest and driest areas, with the hydrological cycle intensifying as a result of global warming. Released by Nature Climate Change, a monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science of climate change including its impacts […]

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Joan Rose wins 2016 Stockholm Water Prize

Michigan State University (East Lansing) professor Joan Rose has been named the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her contributions to global public health including her research on microbial risk to human health in water. Announced at the United Nation’s World Water Day celebration in Geneva, professor Rose — who has dedicated her professional life […]

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Yale study finds that small ponds are relatively large greenhouse gas producers

A new study by researchers at Yale University found that smaller ponds generate disproportionately higher concentrations of global greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre in size make up only 8.6% of the surface area of the world’s lakes and ponds, they account for 15.1% of carbon […]

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Study Shows Importance of Particle Size Distribution in Stormwater Control Sizing

Particle size distribution (PSD) significantly affects stormwater controls that rely on settling to remove sediment. A new study by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey Wisconsin Water Science Center demonstrates the importance of knowing PSD for properly sizing these stormwater controls. Published Jan. 6 in the open-access journal Water, “The effect of particle size distribution […]

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LIFT and Opti Partner for CMAC Field Study

Stormwater practitioners are invited to participate in the evaluation of continuous monitoring and adaptive control (CMAC) at scale. The trial is a collaboration between OptiRTC Inc. and the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) ― a partnership between the Water Environment Research Foundation and Water Environment Federation to bring new water technologies to the field. […]

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Australian Community Launches Large-Scale Floating Wetlands Project

Parklakes II, a master-planned residential community within Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, will soon be home to a unique floating wetland installation. The first of the 230 pontoons that support the vegetation were launched Nov. 25. Eventually the pontoons will cover 2100 m2 of a 2.5 ha lake and will be […]

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Benefits of Green Development Clear in Side-By-Side Comparison with Conventional Development

In Norman, Okla., the Trailwoods community is demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure when compared side-by-side with traditional stormwater management techniques. The neighborhood, developed by Ideal Homes, includes 17 lots constructed with curb and gutter and downspout-to-driveway conveyance as well as two stormwater basins. Another 17 lots are designed with rain gardens, rain barrels, and […]

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WERF To Develop Integrated Planning Guide

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is developing a toolbox to help communities manage compliance with water quality regulations in a way that integrates multiple disciplines. The project, Users’ Guide for Integrated Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater (SIWM9R14), is led by Geosyntec Consultants with teammates from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, Patricia McGovern Engineers, […]

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Researchers Test Trees Effectiveness in Removing Nutrients from Urban Stormwater

Researchers at the University of Melbourne tested trees’ ability to remove nutrients from urban stormwater in a study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The researchers examined the ability of four different tree species commonly used to line Australian streets in a 13-month experiment. Species included red box, brush box, white bottlebrush, and […]

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