Unique seawall design provides rain-or-shine benefits

Building seawalls around high-traffic coastal areas such as piers, boardwalks, and beachfronts often can provide suitable protection from storm surges, but this added security can entail a social cost. In ...

WEF helps EPA select eighth-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge winners

At U.S. colleges and universities, tomorrow’s stormwater professionals continue to demonstrate how green infrastructure (GI) can protect water quality and mitigate flooding while improving local property values and quality of ...

Sweet insight: App helps farmers save Great Barrier Reef

One of the greatest threats to the health of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral system spanning more than 337,000 km2 (130,000 mi2), is the appetite of a ...

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USGS updates SPARROW streamflow modeling tool

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released new interactive mappers and models ...

WEF Stormwater Committee webcast convenes East Coast climate change experts

Eastern U.S. coastal communities are particularly sensitive to ice-melt in the Arctic ...

Participate in 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey by May 31

Time is running out for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees ...

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Citizen scientists rescue centuries of U.K. rainfall data

This winter, the United Kingdom weathered its rainiest February in at least 150 years of records kept by the U.K. Meteorological Office (Met Office). According to the Met Office, only four months from 1862 until today had higher monthly rainfall totals than February 2020. Comparing U.K. precipitation data across centuries was, until recently, a painstaking […]

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2020 National Stormwater Symposium sessions to be held online

Although public health and safety concerns have restricted the 2020 National Stormwater Symposium from taking place in person, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia.) will ensure stormwater professionals still receive access to the critical information included in symposium programming.  Select symposium sessions covering a range of the stormwater sector’s most pressing topics have been […]

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Nominations now open for 2020 WEF MS4 Awards

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now accepting applications for the sixth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders are invited to submit a nomination by May 4, 2020. The National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program, developed and introduced in […]

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Access Water provides knowledge at your fingertips

Information is more accessible today than ever before, but when searching the internet for an answer that has real consequences for the environment and public health, the quality of that information is just as important as its accessibility. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has released a new knowledge platform, Access Water, that offers […]

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Researchers sound alarm about storm effects on lake ecology

In a new study published in the journal Global Change Biology, a team of researchers from 20 countries highlight a gap in scientific knowledge about how stormwater might affect phytoplankton growth and the health of lakes and similar freshwater bodies. Because climatologists expect climate change to cause more intense and frequent storm events, the global […]

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Share your stormwater successes at the WEFTEC 2020 Stormwater Pavilion

Innovation in stormwater management never stops. From small towns to big cities worldwide, stormwater professionals like you continue to make groundbreaking advances. To reap the full rewards from new stormwater management products, practices, and public outreach approaches, share your wins with other stormwater professionals. The Stormwater Pavilion Theater on the WEFTEC 2020 exhibition floor will […]

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Less snowpack may mean greater floods in western U.S.

In several mountainous and high-latitude regions, one of the major consequences of climate change means that more winter precipitation falls as rain than as snow. The downtick in snowfall and uptick in rainfall is particularly impactful in much of the western U.S., where melting winter mountain snowpack makes a crucial difference for water supplies in […]

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Study: Urbanites value green infrastructure benefits

Because green infrastructure is decentralized by nature, infrastructure managers often depend on participation from community members to ensure these systems can successfully mitigate flooding and provide sought-after co-benefits. This could entail volunteering time and labor to help maintain neighborhood green infrastructure projects or contributing funding to support upkeep activities. According to a new study from […]

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Archaeologists explore ancient stormwater tunnels beneath Pompeii

In southern Italy, the pristinely preserved remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have mystified historians and archaeologists since they were rediscovered nearly 300 years ago. Ongoing expeditions continue to reveal new details about the city and its people, believed to have been decimated by the sudden eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius around 79 […]

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CANCELED: 2020 National Water Policy Fly-In to focus on stormwater management issues

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION. On April 27 and 28, 2020, water professionals and clean-water advocates from around the U.S. will convene in Washington, D.C., to make their voices heard during the annual Water Policy Fly-In. The event, organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), […]

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