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WEF Announces 2015 StormTV Project Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its fourth annual stormwater video competition. The 2015 StormTV Project received almost 150 submissions and more international submissions than any year prior. More than 35 expert judges reviewed the submissions and selected winners based on message communication and quality as well as content matter and […]

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When WSSI cannot provide a guided tour of its LID facilities, visitors can read the signage posted at each practice. WSSI also has a training room where staff and local government employees can learn from each other and invited speakers. Image credit: WSSI

Stormwater Champions: Remaining Progressive a Decade Later

In the first of the Water Environment Federation’s new Stormwater Champions series, we interviewed Mike Rolband, founder of Wetland Studies and Solutions in Gainesville, Va.

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WERF Announces Stream Restoration Request for Proposals

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is looking to develop guidance and a consistent approach for regulators to assign pollutant reduction credits for stream restoration as a best management practice. An agreed upon methodology is currently lacking in the sector despite the fact that communities have found stream restoration to be effective at reducing pollution […]

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Army Corps Approves Los Angeles River Restoration Plan

In May, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced its approval for Alternative 20, a plan to restore an 18-km (11-mi) stretch of the Los Angeles River that runs from Glendale to downtown Los Angeles. Since the 1930s, most of the 82-km (51-mi) river has been lined with concrete and serves as a flood control […]

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Snow Creek Stream Restoration Envision Platinum Award

In mid-November, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) bestowed the Envision™ Platinum Award on the Snow Creek Stream Environment Zone restoration project, located in North Lake Tahoe, California. This is the highest level of ISI’s rating system, and the Snow Creek project is only the second to receive it. The project involved the restoration of […]

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U.K. Turns Red River Blue

Turning red streams blue is taking on a whole new meaning in Britain. On maps, red streams typically denote impaired waters while healthy streams are shown in blue. However, the Medlock, a major river in England, is known as the red river for the 8 million red Accrington bricks that line the river culvert. The […]

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Reports Detail Stream Health and Remediation Strategies

On July 10, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report — Ecological Health in the Nation’s Streams, 1995-–2003. Chemical and physical properties can provide a picture of stream health, but biological indicators can provide a more comprehensive perspective. Species’ health can represent the cumulative effects of physical and chemical changes to an environment, and they […]

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Maryland Forest Legislation First of Its Kind

On May 2, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the law is the first of its kind in the nation. It requires no net loss of the state’s current 40% tree canopy and provides incentives to surpass the statewide […]

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USGS Study Shows Effects of Urbanization on Streams

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that sensitive species loss can occur during the earliest stages of urban development. In addition, there is no single factor responsible for stream degradation. Previous though was that stream systems are resilient up to certain levels of impervious cover (typically 0–10%) within a watershed. However, […]

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EPA Releases Assessment Guide for Stream Restoration Projects

Urban stormwater significantly impacts not only water quality but also the physical stability and condition of headwater streams due to flashy and frequent erosive flows.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the release of A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment & Restoration Projects. According to EPA, stream restoration is relatively young and still […]

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