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EPA Grants to Improve Wetland Stewardship

On Jan. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $1 million in National Wetland Program Development Grants, which provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. EPA announced the award of six proposals including the first on leveraging hazard mitigation buyouts […]

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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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Large Urban Wetland Approved for East London Upper Lee Valley

…. The East London Upper Lee Valley will house Europe’s largest urban wetland by 2017, as plans are underway to create a chain of wetlands over 200 ha (500 ac) – a size three times greater than New York’s Central Park. The Walthamstow Wetlands project was approved earlier this summer and will cost about $13.5 […]

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Alberta Government Provides $31 Million for Watershed Restoration Projects

On Aug. 6, The Alberta government announced the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) and the Southern Alberta Fisheries Enhancement and Sustainability (FISHES) Program. These programs will provide a combined $28 million (CAD$31 million) over three years for restoration and enhancement projects in flood and drought-prone areas. Unlike traditional flood mitigation projects, which use large-scale […]

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Wetlands Reduce Flooding and Related Damages, Study Says

In a new study announced June 11, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology show that wetlands can reduce flooding and damage to communities. “Our results show a direct link between wetland drainage and peak streamflows during a flood,” said John Pomeroy, director of the Centre for Hydrology. “By restricting wetland drainage in […]

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Wetlands Provide Environmental and Economic Benefits

On Earth Day, the Georgia Ports Authority unveiled nearly 6 ha (14 ac) of recently created wetlands. The 2.5-year, $3.7 million project treats 378,500 m3 (100 million gal.) of water annually and creates natural wildlife habitat in the heart of the nation’s fourth busiest container terminal. The wetlands harness natural filtering processes to help protect […]

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French Airport Installs Innovative Stormwater Marsh

In early April, the Paris-Orly Airport began using a new 6500 m2 (1.6 ac) filter marsh to treat stormwater runoff. According to Aéroports de Paris, the marsh is the only system of its kind to be installed at an airport. The airport’s current stormwater treatment system captures 3 million to 5 million m3 (800 million […]

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EPA Administrator Tours Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Project

In early March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy toured Houston’s $58 million Buffalo Bayou Project, a restoration and conservation project on which construction started in 2012. The tour also focused on the city’s Bayou Greenways 2020 program. The Buffalo Bayou Project includes restoration of natural landscapes as well as new and upgraded […]

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Delaware Governor Announces Clean Water Initiative

In Delaware, 377 water bodies are impaired, and 30 state waterways are not fishable. However, Gov. Jack Markell announced a plan March 4 to pay for stormwater, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure upgrades. The initiative, Clean Water for Delaware’s Future, would impose a “clean water fee” on residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. Over the […]

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China Announces Water Resource Protection Programs

On Jan. 14, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced two programs intended to reduce nutrients and improve drinking water quality in the Yangtze River Delta near Shanghai. The first program focuses on the country’s largest man-made reservoir, Qiandao Reservoir in Zhejiang Province, and the upstream basin of the Xin’an River. The program so far […]

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