Tag Archives: wetlands

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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New Wetland Restoration Method Proves Successful in Texas

Over a period of 10 years, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, as part of the Wetland Restoration Team, has helped to restore 55 ha (135 ac) of prairie wetland habitat at Sheldon Lake State Park near Houston. The team is using a new method that researchers say will change how restoration and creation of these [...]

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Report Highlights Value of Coastal Forested Wetlands Along Gulf of Mexico

In late November, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities released a report on coastal forests in the five Gulf of Mexico states. The report discusses the value of freshwater forested wetlands and other forest types, which reduce nutrients to the gulf and provide wildlife habitat, storm surge protection, stormwater retention, groundwater recharge, and carbon [...]

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Wetland Losses Increase, Study Reports

Between 2004 and 2009, the U.S. experienced a reduction of nearly 146,000 ha (360,720 ac.) of coastal wetlands, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report released Nov. 21. According to the report, “Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal Watersheds of the Conterminous United States,” [...]

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Wetland Systems Are More Effective When Connected

On July 17, U.S. Geological Survey and George Mason University researchers published a research report on wetland connectivity in the Journal of Environmental Quality. In many cases, wetlands are created to allay losses to wetlands elsewhere or to build wildlife habitat, the report explains. However, berms are typically installed in created wetlands, enabling regulation of [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules On Property Rights Case

On June 25, in a 5–4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Florida Supreme Court ruling in favor of Orange County (Fla.) landowner Coy Koontz, ending an 18-year legal battle. In news headlines, the case has been called a property rights victory, an environmental disaster, and a factor of uncertainty among permitting agencies. Part [...]

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Florida Governor Approves Bills Protecting Florida Natural Resources

On May 28, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7065, which will pump $32 million annually into the $880 million Everglades Restoration Plan. The plan seeks to restore water quality and flow to improve the health of Everglades habitat and the South Florida economy. The plan includes an additional 2630 ha (6500 ac) of stormwater [...]

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