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WERF Releases Research on Green Infrastructure Real-Time Controls

The Water Environment Research Foundation has released the final report for its project “Transforming our Cities: High-Performance Green Infrastructure.” Project researchers examined the effectiveness of highly distributed real-time control (DRTC) technologies for green stormwater infrastructure. Controls investigated included advanced rainwater harvesting systems, dynamically controlled green roofs, actively controlled detention basins, and underdrained bioretention systems. Through […]

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WERF Awards Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently awarded the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project — Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — will aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment. […]

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WRF and WERF Release Water Sector Economic Impact Analysis

In September, the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released a new study exploring the effects of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities on the U.S. economy. Based on the planned operating and capital investments of 30 public utilities, the “National Economic and Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector” research […]

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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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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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