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U.S. EPA Region 4 bestows fourth annual Rain Catcher Awards

Three innovative stormwater projects in the Southeast U.S. have received the 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 Rain Catcher awards. The honorees earned recognition during a May 15 ceremony at the International Erosion Control Association (Denver) Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston, S.C. “The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence […]

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WEF Stormwater Institute presents webcast on economic instruments for green infrastructure investment

On June 8, the WEF Stormwater Institute will present the webcast, Working with the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Stormwater managers must meet broad watershed goals, provide benefits to the local community, remain flexible in the face of a changing climate, and manage costs. Green infrastructure can provide these benefits. This webcast will present creative […]

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Governments and landowners rush to prevent flooding from melting Sierra Nevada snowpack

A record-breaking accumulation of snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains is melting steadily as temperatures continue to warm and the thaw continues. That’s both good and bad news for Nevadans — while snowmelt represents one of the most reliable sources of drinking water for the dry West, this year it could bring up to 2.5 […]

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Sacramento State stormwater project cuts pollution, raises awareness

On the main campus of California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State), efforts to reduce stormwater runoff pollution make a big difference for water quality. Runoff from the campus, which hugs the west bank of the American River, travels about 11 km (7 mi) downstream before it mingles with the Sacramento River, ultimately emptying into the […]

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New website connects site-specific flood hazards with green solutions

A new partnership, Naturally Resilient Communities (NRC), argues that a simpler, more cost-efficient way to stave off flooding, manage water quality, and even harvest stormwater for reuse, is to complement technology with nature. “From weather-related disasters and public health crises to needs for economic development, the demands on our communities’ limited resources are growing,” said […]

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Cloud House reuses stormwater, demonstrates water cycle

On even the clearest day at Farmer’s Park in Springfield, Mo., visitors can spot at least one cloud in the sky. Like most clouds, it carries moisture, and drops rain under the right conditions. But unlike most clouds, this one is made from acrylic resin and sits tethered to the tin roof of a small […]

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DC Water releases new video about NGICP

On March 2, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water; Washington, D.C.) released a video about the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). NGICP sets national certification standards for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. The video’s release follows the certification of NGICP’s inaugural class of professionals in January 2017. […]

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Town of Rocky Ripple, Butler University, Indianapolis move forward on White River flood barrier

Occupying less than 81 ha (200 ac) between the White River and a canal on the northwestern edge of Indianapolis, flood protection is a serious matter for the small town of Rocky Ripple (Ind.). Lacking any infrastructure of its own to contain overflow from the river, the town’s less-than-700 residents routinely pay thousands of dollars […]

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UC Davis, GE, and Winesecrets turn stormwater into wine

In 2015, California vineyards produced more than 2.4 billion L (638 million gal) of wine, according to the Wine Institute (San Francisco). And now, a California partnership is leading the charge to convert stormwater into wine. The Water Footprint Network (The Hague, Netherlands) estimates that each gallon of wine requires a staggering 3300 L (872 […]

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Key stormwater detention site construction to begin at former Houston golf course

The City of Houston, Texas, and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFD; Houston) are teeing up to build 10 stormwater detention basins on the site of the now-defunct Inwood Forest Golf Course in northwest Houston. Once completed, officials expect the network of basins to detain more than 1.3 billion L (350 million gal) of […]

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