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WEF Backed Runoff Provision Included in Highway Bill

On Dec. 4, President Obama signed the Fixing American Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. It is the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years. The FAST Act will increase funding for highway transportation infrastructure by about 11% over 5 years. The highway reauthorization bill also included a stormwater management provision that […]

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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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Guide Examines Community Adaptation to More Frequent and Intense Rainfall

With the potential for more frequent and intense storms as part of a changing climate, communities now are looking at how they manage rainwater and flooding. Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) partnered with two Twin Cities’ communities — Minneapolis and Victoria — in a federally-funded study that examines the effects of changing rainfall patterns and […]

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National Academies Report Calls for Stormwater and Graywater Use Guidelines

In the face of drought and major water shortages, the U.S. increasingly is turning to alternative water sources like stormwater and graywater. However, guidelines and research on the risk of these water sources to public health and the environment are needed to support decisions for safe use, says a new report from the National Academies […]

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MSD Announces $100 Million Rainscaping Program

On Dec. 22, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) announced a plan to complete $100 million in Rainscaping improvements to much of St. Louis City and portions of nearby North St. Louis County. Rainscaping practices include such features as rain gardens, bioretention cells, pervious pavement, and green roofs that slow and soak up rainwater […]

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EPA Releases Proposed Phase II MS4 Remand Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit remand rule. The proposed rule addresses how small MS4s seek and incorporate public comment and agency reviews into their permits. The official proposed rule was published in the Federal Register Jan. 6, beginning a 75-day public […]

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Urban Waters Restoration Grant Request for Proposals Open

On Nov. 3, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced a request for proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program. The grant is a public-private partnership funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Wetlands and Urban Waters Programs, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

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SuDS Plans Unfold in London

On Oct. 29, London Mayor Boris Johnson, in partnership with Thames Water, the Environment Agency, and London Councils, published the first London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan. The draft plan is open for public consultation until Jan. 15. According to a press release announcing the plan, London has lost 17% of permeable surfaces in the last […]

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WEF Announces Chris French as Director of Stormwater Programs

On Nov. 16, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Chris French has joined the organization as its new director of stormwater programs. French will use his more than fifteen years of water sector experience to expand this core competency area for WEF. He will guide the efforts of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a recently […]

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Court Issues Nationwide Stay on Clean Water Rule

On Oct. 9, following an injunction blocking the enforcement of the Clean Water Rule in 13 states, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay on the rule. Finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June, the Clean Water Rule is intended to […]

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