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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Chicago breaks ground for stormwater diversion tunnel

On Sunday, May 22, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) broke ground on a joint project to relieve the threat of catastrophic flooding in the Albany Park neighborhood. The stormwater diversion tunnel will have capacity to divert 65 m3/s (2300 ft3/s) to prevent the types […]

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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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EPA announces 2015 Campus RainWorks winners

In April 2016, EPA announced four winners and two honorable mentions for the 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Teams from the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Arlington earned first place wins. This is EPA’s fourth national design competition created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing green infrastructure […]

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Blog: Multidisciplinary approach, community engagement for green infrastructure

Multidisciplinary approach and community engagement essential to green infrastructure implementation success Brandon Vatter and Kelly C. Karll In recent years, as communities look for ways to ensure the quality of their rivers, streams, lakes, and estuaries, stormwater management approaches have shifted from methods that concentrate, convey, and discharge runoff to receiving waters, toward methods that […]

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New EPA study evaluates flood loss benefits of green infrastructure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new study that estimates the benefits of small storm retention practices — or green infrastructure — for managing stormwater from new development and redevelopment. Findings from the study, Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management, revealed that over time, green infrastructure strategies can save […]

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White House Water Summit highlights new commitments to a sustainable water future

On World Water Day, March 22, the White House hosted a Water Summit to raise awareness about the national importance of water including the significance of cross-cutting, creative solutions for solving today’s water problems and inspiring change in how water is used, conserved and protected. The event served as a platform to highlight new commitments […]

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EPA’s Soak Up the Rain campaign encourages action on stormwater runoff

Soak Up the Rain is a stormwater public outreach campaign created by the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help raise awareness about the problem of polluted stormwater runoff and encourage action by citizens, municipalities, and others to help reduce runoff. Launched in 2012, the campaign seeks to highlight the […]

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Supreme Court denies Chesapeake Bay TMDL appeal

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 its denial to hear the American Farm Bureau and allies appeal regarding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The denial of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), et al. v. EPA, et al. by the high court affirms the ruling […]

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New online game fosters understanding of water shortage issues in Texas

A new online game launched in October of last year to educate people about water-related challenges facing Texas over the next 25 years. Developed jointly by the Colorado River Alliance and the Texas Water Development Board, the goal of the interactive game — named Texas 2040 — is to help players grasp the effects of drought […]

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