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WERF Releases Report on Utility Reponses to Extreme Weather Events

In July the Water Environment Research Foundation released a new report on the effects of and responses to extreme weather events at water and wastewater utilities. This report describes community responses, lessons learned, and future planning needs for six communities that experienced one or more extreme events where water services were disrupted. Experiences include disruptions […]

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WERF Award Applications Due June 1

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is now accepting applications for its annual awards. The honors include the Paul L. Busch Award, which awards achievements in practical water quality solutions, and the WERF Award for Excellence in Innovation, which awards the application of WERF research used to achieve documented improvements. The awards “seek to highlight […]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small […]

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WERF Releases BMP Performance Assessment Algorithms

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently completed a project on assessing the performance of distributed and regional best management practices (BMPs) for receiving-water protection. The algorithms developed or adapted for this project will be used in the development of the BMP Selection/Receiving Water Protection Toolbox to determine transport routing and delivery of pollutants to […]

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WERF Releases Tool To Aid BMP Selection

In late June, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released BMP SELECT 2.0. This spreadsheet tool helps users conduct planning-level analyses of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Users can compare life-cycle costs and pollutant-removal efficiencies of various practices under alternative scenarios. Simulate the control of total suspended solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and total zinc […]

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WERF Releases Call for Unsolicited Research Proposals

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking preproposals for its unsolicited research program. WERF is looking to fund innovative research that addresses water quality challenges and issues facing the wastewater and stormwater sector in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. WERF will consider proposals that build on existing research. The preproposals are due July […]

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WERF Releases New Tools and Reports

Flood grouting reduces wet weather sanitary sewer overflows According to a Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) report released in February, flood grouting is a cost-effective solution that can reduce infiltration into sanitary sewers. In Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, stormwater and groundwater were infiltrating defects in the sanitary sewer that had accumulated over time, causing wet weather […]

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WERF Seeks Partners for Stream Restoration Guidance

The Water Environment Research Foundation is seeking research partners for a project to develop protocol and guidance for using stream restoration as a best management practice. This targeted collaborative research project focuses on the pollution reduction benefits of stream restoration. Read more here, or contact Allison Deines at adeines@werf.org or by phone at (571) 384-2116 […]

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WERF Releases Report Assessing the Effects of Low DO on Fish

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently released a study on The Effect of Wet Weather Driven Dissolved Oxygen Sags on Fish in Urban Systems. In this study, researchers mounted dissolved-oxygen (DO) transmitters on fish to determine their response to wet weather combined sewer overflow events and low DO in the Chicago Area Waterway System. […]

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WERF Releases Sustainable Integrated Water Management RFP

The Water Environment Research Foundation recently released a request for proposals (RFP) supporting the Sustainable Integrated Water Management program, which seeks to move utilities toward a “One Water Paradigm.” This RFP focuses on institutional issues and governance structures affecting established drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. The RFP also calls for ways of adopting the […]

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