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EPA Announces Winners of the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge

On Earth Day, April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure. Student teams proposed innovative green infrastructure designs to reduce stormwater pollution and develop sustainable communities. This year, more than 500 college students from […]

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Registration and Housing Opens for the 2015 Stormwater Congress in Chicago

Registration and housing is now open for the 2015 Stormwater Congress. The conference is cohosted with WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 88th annual technical exhibition and conference. Both events are scheduled for September 26 – 30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. WEF is now featuring a new registration interface, but as in previous years, […]

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The StormTV Project Video Competition Returns

For the fourth year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project, an annual video competition. From April 2 to June 1, WEF will be accepting videos of innovative stormwater programs, practices, products, and public outreach. The competition is an effort to recognize and highlight the work of stormwater professionals while collecting and […]

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Court To Rule Again on Flow-Based TMDLs

On Feb. 18, the City of Rutland, Vt., filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont vacate a flow-based total maximum daily load (TMDL) for biological impairments in Moon Brook. The TMDL regulates the amount of stormwater entering Moon Brook using flow as a surrogate for sediment. Flow-based TMDLs […]

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Obama Issues New Executive Order on Flood Risk Management

On January 30, President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” The new Executive Order amends the existing Executive Order 11988 on Floodplain Management and adopts a higher flood standard for future federal investments in and affecting floodplains. This includes […]

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Copenhagen Neighborhood Redesigned With Climate in Mind

In August 2011, St. Kjeld, a low-lying neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, experienced extreme flooding, with more than $1 billion in damages. However, the area will soon be home to a number of innovative green infrastructure and drainage projects, and is the first suburb in Denmark, if not the world, to be redesigned specifically for climate […]

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EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy testified at a Joint Senate and House hearing, defending the agencies’ jointly proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The agencies’ rulemaking attempts to clarify uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s reach following […]

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WEF Seeks Steering Committee Members for New MS4 and Green Infrastructure Awards Program

In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is seeking nominations for the Steering Committee of the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. This awards program, led by  WEF through a cooperative agreement with the EPA, was established to recognize high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Programs […]

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Registration Opens for Collection Systems 2015

Registration recently opened for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) annual 2015 collection systems specialty conference. “Collection Systems Taking Center Stage – Seize the Opportunity,” will take place April 19 – 22 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati and will feature tours, diverse technical sessions, and a robust exhibit hall. Join WEF, the Ohio […]

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Obama Administration Announces Water Finance Center, New Municipal Bond

On Jan. 16, the Obama Administration launched the new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and announced a new municipal bond to encourage public private partnerships. The announcement took place at the Anacostia River Tunnel Project Site in Washington, D.C., where DC Water is working to reduce the 2 […]

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