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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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New U.S EPA report highlights results from green infrastructure technical assistance program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new report that summarizes the successes and lessons from its efforts to support green infrastructure technical assistance projects in communities nationwide. The report, Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects, is intended as a resource for city managers, community leaders and […]

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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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