Archive | April, 2012

WEF Supports Urban Forests

Not all trees are equal at minimizing urban runoff. In fact, bigger, mature trees confer better benefits, as reported in the March edition of Water Environment & Technology. The article discusses the benefits of trees and how to maximize return on investment—not only in monetary terms but also by optimizing an urban forest’s stormwater reduction […]

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U.S. Rep. Doggett Introduces Coal-Tar Sealants Ban

In response to mounting research, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D–Texas) introduced the Coal Tar Sealants Reduction Act of 2012 (H.R. 4166), along with four co-sponsors. The legislation specifies that, after enactment, manufacturing of coal tar sealants would phase out during the course of 1 year, distribution would stop after 1.5 years, and all sales would […]

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Australian Group Releases Green Infrastructure Rating Tool

The Australian Green Infrastructure Council released an updated version of its green infrastructure rating tool on March 16. The tool known as IS, is used to rate sustainability across design, construction, and operation in the transportation, communication, water, and energy sectors. IS uses a framework consisting of 15 categories under six broad themes: management and […]

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State, City Environment Agencies Agree on Green Infrastructure Plan for New York City

On March 13, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) agreed to modify their original consent order to use more green infrastructure. Overall, New York City will spend $2.4 billion on green infrastructure and $1.4 billion on traditional infrastructure to reduce the city’s combined […]

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U.S. EPA Requests Letters of Interest for Green Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering direct assistance through contract support for green infrastructure projects in areas with significant water quality degradation due to stormwater. Those interested should provide letters of interest to EPA by 5 p.m. on April 6. EPA expects to fund 10 to 20 participants at approximately $50,000 to $100,000 […]

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U.S. EPA Releases New Resources for 2012 Construction General Permit

During March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted two webcasts on the recently released 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP). Notes from the webcast are available, and a copy of the presentation will soon be archived on EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System training and workshop site. EPA has also developed a template to help […]

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Economic Incentives for Stormwater Control

Edited by Hale W. Thurston, published by CRC Press A summary by Seth Brown Issues covered by Economic Incentives for Stormwater Control range from an overview of the cost-effectiveness of stormwater best management practices (BMP) to the impacts of clean water on property values to cap-and-trade frameworks for stormwater management. Costs here include not only […]

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