Archive | June, 2012

DC Water adopts Clean Rivers Fee To Fund Multibillion Dollar CSO Tunnel Project

DC Water has a plan to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 96% in the District of Columbia. The Clean Rivers Project  comprises the construction of three large storage tunnels to capture and store wet weather runoff. Though the project is federally mandated, funding had not been earmarked for the project. As the process stands […]

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Super Saver Rate Still Available for 2012 Stormwater Symposium

The 2012 Stormwater Symposium, hosted by the Water Environment Federation and Chesapeake Water Environment Association, will be held in Baltimore July 18 to 20. Be sure to register before the Super Saver rate closes June 13. Conference sessions will cover an array of stormwater topics from policy to cutting-edge research to innovative technologies. The New […]

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Arlington County, Va., Rain Garden Traps Pollutants and Educates Visitors

Powhatan Springs Park in Arlington, Va., is an example of an innovative rain garden design that combines bioretention with stormwater education. The children’s rain garden exposes and animates the flow and collection of rainwater, while the soil media and wetland plants help remove sediments, nutrients, and other pollutants. The garden, combined with an underground cistern, […]

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Why is Bioretention So Popular?

In suburban areas, bioretention is becoming a common best management practice (BMP) for stormwater because it is cost-effective, as well as highly effective at reducing volume and removing pollutants. Other BMPs can be combined to effectively remove pollutants, but bioretention cells (BRCs) can be designed to incorporate a variety of pollutant removal mechanisms — from […]

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