Study: Beavers Transform Forests into Wetlands Over Many Decades

In urban environments, humans pave over landscapes that would otherwise absorb stormwater. However, it turns out humans are not the only species that disrupts natural hydrological processes as their habitats ...

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 ...


Virtual Experiences Bring Stormwater Outreach to Life

Part of the challenge of achieving financial and social buy-in for flood ...

New Report Underscores Funding Needs For U.S. Stormwater Sector

As heavy storm events become more frequent and impervious coverage spreads, the ...

WEF Stormwater Experts Offer Feedback on 2020 Industrial Stormwater Permit

Although specific protocols for manufacturing, processing, and storage may vary dramatically across ...

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Build an At-Home ‘Storm in a Glass’ to Engage Kids in Stormwater

Effective stormwater management goes beyond utilities and regulatory agencies. Individuals need to participate, too. Helping these stakeholders understand the importance of stormwater and the forces that drive is an effort that can begin at home.  In April, Popular Science featured a simple, 10-minute experiment aimed at helping children better understand precipitation and the importance of stormwater management. The simple demonstration requires only water, food coloring, shaving cream, and common […]

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Air, Land, and Sea: Airports Embrace Stormwater Management to Protect Water Quality

Often containing miles of impervious runways, ubiquitous chemical demands for sanitation and safety purposes, and enormous fleets of vehicles with the potential to drip fuels, airports face unique stormwater management challenges.

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USGS Updates SPARROW Streamflow Modeling Tool

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released new interactive mappers and models for its online SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) tool. The new models estimate streamflow and the concurrent yields of total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and suspended sediment in both monitored and unmonitored inland stream reaches across the country as they feed into […]

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WEF Stormwater Committee webcast convenes East Coast climate change experts

Eastern U.S. coastal communities are particularly sensitive to ice-melt in the Arctic Sea, according to hydrologist David Vallee. Vallee, the Hydrologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center (Norton, Massachusetts), was one of three stormwater experts to discuss the effects of climate change on coastal and riverine areas of the eastern U.S. during […]

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Participate in 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey by May 31

Time is running out for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees in the U.S. to contribute to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Institute’s 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey. The survey — updated every two years — aims to identify common challenges and needs among the diverse array of U.S. stormwater managers. […]

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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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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 reef-eating starfish measuring roughly 30 cm (12 in.) in length. Although the crown-of-thorns starfish is native to the Great Barrier Reef, it responds similarly to […]

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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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