ASCE Creates Living Classroom at Headquarters Parking Lot

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) earlier this month unveiled a newly renovated parking lot, featuring an array of green infrastructure measures and educational signage, at its headquarters in ...

Experts Discuss State of the U.S. Stormwater Sector

During WEFTEC Connect, experts leading national efforts to fill stormwater-sector data gaps, improve the sector’s financial stability, and identify common needs among different types of stormwater managers discussed the state ...

EPA Seeks Feedback on Major Update to Financial Capability Assessment

Among the greatest challenges for stormwater management organizations is their need to finance new infrastructure to comply with Clean Water Act requirements while also keeping service fees on ratepayers reasonable. ...

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Water Leadership Institute Builds Better Stormwater Professionals

The Water Leadership Institute (WLI) program developed by the Water Environment Federation ...

Study: New Trees Bring Stormwater Benefits Even Before Full Maturity

Planting native trees en masse can help prevent flooding by enhancing soil’s ...

U.S. DHS Develops Low-Cost, High-Accuracy Flood Sensor Networks

Predicting major flood events before they occur can mitigate loss of life ...

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USACE Floats $26 Billion Plan to Flood-Proof Texas Coastline

On October 30, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO) released new recommendations based on a 2015 study on how to build multiple lines of flood defense along the Texas coastline. The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study — also known as the Coastal Texas Study — seeks to achieve its goals by building large infrastructure as well as restoring and utilizing natural ecosystems.  […]

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Report: Green Infrastructure Helps Preserve Access to Transportation

Green infrastructure can help improve flood resilience in low-income communities at typically lower costs than conventional pipes and pumps, but it is not the best fit for every neighborhood. It is the job of stormwater and transportation professionals to identify specific areas where implementing green infrastructure can make a crucial difference for public safety and […]

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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Offers $500K for New Streamflow Forecasting Methods

Predicting how runoff from heavy storms will affect the amount of water flowing through streams, rivers, and other surface waters is critically important for stormwater professionals and watershed managers. Accurate streamflow forecasting helps the water sector prepare for flood events, develop water supply plans, design infrastructure that suits the unique hydrological conditions of its surroundings, […]

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WEF Stormwater Institute Honors Outstanding MS4 Permittees

Recognizing extraordinary efforts to protect local health and safety, detect and eliminate environmental hazards, and build support for stormwater management through extensive public outreach, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Institute recently announced winners of its 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. The awards program, developed in partnership with the U.S. […]

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New Outreach Campaign Promotes Green Infrastructure in Public Parks

During the last few decades, the concept of green infrastructure (GI) has risen to prominence in the stormwater management sector. Driving the trend are countless researchers, practitioners, and advocates who demonstrate GI’s potential to meet multiple community goals at typically lower costs than traditional approaches to flood control. However, institutionalizing GI as a standard component […]

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German Researchers Measure Rainfall by Studying Radio Waves

Conventional approaches to studying rainfall patterns across both large distances and long timeframes suffer from a Goldilocks problem. For example, while a rain gauge may provide comprehensive precipitation data for a specific point on a near-constant basis, accurately capturing the variable nature of rainfall across a watershed may require researchers to deploy too many gauges […]

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Hurricane Hanna Hampers Annual Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Survey

The crew of the R/V Pelican, which serves as the flagship research vessel for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), set off on its annual voyage into the Gulf of Mexico on July 25 to measure the size of this year’s summer dead zone. Based on predictions made by the team in June that considered […]

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New Online Resource Centralizes MS4 Knowledge

Meeting permit requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program is often a complex process. To maintain compliance, MS4 permittees must not only fund and operate effective stormwater infrastructure, but also perform public outreach and year-round environmental monitoring. While information exists online to help guide success in […]

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Salt Marshes and Seawalls Work Together to Minimize Flood Damages

Salt marshes — coastal wetlands common to northern parts of the globe that flood and drain with the movement of ocean tides — are prized for their ability to protect coastal communities by shrinking and slowing ocean waves. However, according to a recently published study, contemporary and historical data underscore an even more important function […]

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WEFTEC Connect to Offer a Flood of Stormwater Programming

Stormwater Management is one of the 12 major tracks of technical content being prepared for WEFTEC Connect. The stormwater programming is broad and deep with 13 on-demand technical sessions — that’s more than 30 presentations — as well as several hours of scheduled content with interactive elements. Developed by experts in the field, these presentations […]

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