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University scientists develop artificial marshland to treat Louisiana stormwater

Scientists at Southeastern Louisiana University (Mandeville, La.) are using a relatively low-tech way of imitating natural marshland to help treat freshwater ponds contaminated by stormwater runoff. This marshland technology method is intended to improve water quality throughout St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. It is a component of the newly initiated stormwater management plan, which launched […]

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Online Platform Supports Natural Infrastructure for Business

On Dec. 6, 2015, at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched an online platform, Natural Infrastructure for Business. The platform seeks to increase awareness of the business opportunities in investing in ecosystems – or natural infrastructure – and to increase action. The ultimate objective of the […]

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Moderate Storms Drive Salt Marsh Erosion

Salt marshes are in retreat in many locations around the world, diminishing their ability to protect against violent storms. The biggest cause of their erosion is waves driven by moderate storms, not occasional major events such as Superstorm Sandy, according to new research from Boston University and the U.S. Geological Survey. “Generally, the more a […]

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Australian Community Launches Large-Scale Floating Wetlands Project

Parklakes II, a master-planned residential community within Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, will soon be home to a unique floating wetland installation. The first of the 230 pontoons that support the vegetation were launched Nov. 25. Eventually the pontoons will cover 2100 m2 of a 2.5 ha lake and will be […]

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Research Finds SuDS are Supporting Amphibians in Scotland

A recent study by Scottish Natural Heritage and The Highland Council has found that sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) ponds between Inverness and Nairn in Scotland are supporting a wide variety of wildlife. Marcia Rae, the council’s graduate research assistant, identified 71 water bodies in the area as part of the investigation. Of these water […]

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New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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Floating Treatment Wetlands Show Promise as Pond Retrofit

Floating treatment wetlands are an emerging innovation in green technology that have demonstrated significant potential for stormwater management.

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Idaho Groups Utilize, Monitor Floating Wetlands

This summer a group of Idaho organizations will launch eight floating treatment wetlands into Hayden Lake to help control nutrient pollution. Kootenai Environmental Alliance, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the University of Idaho, and the North Idaho College Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) are working cooperatively with the Hayden Area Regional […]

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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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Open-Access WER Article Examines Effectiveness of Man-Made Wetlands

The April 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) includes an open-access article investigating the effectiveness of a man-made wetland system, consisting of linked basins, in local flood control and contaminant filtration. According to WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis, “the authors used a combination of field and lab experiments to characterize the retention and removal of iron, phosphate, and […]

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