Tag Archives: Spotlight

Green infrastructure limits flood risk, say insurers

A new Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC; Toronto, Ontario) report urges communities to consider green infrastructure to limit flood risk. IBC is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto, and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty insurance market in Canada. The report, Combatting Canada’s Rising Flood […]

Continue Reading

Satellite data helps volunteer group build rainwater systems for Middle-East schools

In the Middle East and North Africa, the World Bank estimates that as much as 85% of the region’s water supplies is used to irrigate crops. This irrigation combined with groundwater depletion and the effects of climate change leads much of the region to face chronic water shortages. Outside major metropolitan centers, inadequate water supplies […]

Continue Reading

Modified sand treats stormwater, protects groundwater

A research team from the University of California–Berkeley (UCB) is exploring how alternative water sources, such as stormwater, could be repurposed to help keep aquifers brimming. Joseph Charbonnet, a UCB graduate student and the lead author of a study that recently appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, claims that a new treatment medium […]

Continue Reading

U.S. EPA seeks input on regulatory approach for managing excess flows

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host three public listening sessions to seek input on a rulemaking effort aimed at providing certainty surrounding the management of peak wet weather flows at certain municipal wastewater treatment plants. “EPA is taking action to provide municipalities with sought-after regulatory certainty so that facilities can optimize wastewater treatment […]

Continue Reading

University of Arizona researchers take a fresh look at an age-old agricultural myth

A theory in debate since the mid-1800s holds that disturbing the soil in dry regions through agriculture allows rain to seep into the ground, raising moisture in the area and eventually coaxing more rain to fall. In other words, according to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Great Plains Studies, “rain follows the plow.” Support […]

Continue Reading

2018 U.S. EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge now open for registration

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Campus RainWorks Challenge is now accepting registrants until Sept. 30. This annual competition seeks to engage with the next generation of environmental professionals; foster a dialogue about effective stormwater management; and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. To participate in this competition, teams […]

Continue Reading

First-ever NMSA State of Stormwater report highlights common challenges for U.S. MS4 permittees

The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA; Alexandria, Va.), a group of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees from around the U.S., released its first annual state-by-state review of MS4 program updates, challenges, and needs on Aug. 13. The 2018 NMSA State of Stormwater report analyzes the effectiveness of MS4 programs in 14 states and […]

Continue Reading

Biofiltration scores big in sports stadium runoff treatment

A self-sustaining biofiltration system prevents flooding in San Francisco’s sport stadium and protects the nearby San Francisco Bay and freshwater resources from stormwater pollutants. Mark Lehnerz of Oldcastle Precast explains how. A large construction project such as a major-league sports stadium can include significant expanses of runoff-generating hardscapes. A venue capable of seating nearly 70,000 […]

Continue Reading

NGICP involvement prepares water associations for the future of stormwater

Since its creation in 2016, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) has bestowed credentials to more than 350 water professionals who have demonstrated the skills and knowledge needed to design, build, and maintain cutting-edge green stormwater infrastructure. As the first-of-its-kind certification program expands, Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Member Associations (MAs) may now […]

Continue Reading

Analyzing alternatives for managing stormwater

The site of a former Ford Motor Company plant along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., offers a prime location for redevelopment. Authors Bob Fossum, Wes Saunders-Pearce, Nathan Campeau, and Matt Metzger explain the decision-making process used to estimate the benefits and costs of two different approaches for managing runoff from the site. […]

Continue Reading