Archive | September, 2012

WEF Seeks Speakers for Special Stormwater Session at Americana Conference

The Water Environment Federation is seeking presenters for a special stormwater session to be held during Americana 2013, March 19-21 in Montréal, Quebec. The stormwater session will cover all aspects of sustainable stormwater and watershed management issues, including green infrastructure, low-impact development, and integrated water management. If you are interested in submitting, please prepare a […]

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Green Infrastructure Gets White House Attention

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will host an invited conference titled Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure: Going From Grey to Green on Sept. 20. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is helping to plan the conference. The event will focus on barriers to implementing green infrastructure, including funding and financial challenges, benefits associated with green approaches, […]

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WEF to Aid Wetland Construction in New Orleans’ City Park

The Water Environment Federation’s Students and Young Professionals Committee will host its fifth annual service project, “Bogging in the Big Easy.” The project, part of WEFTEC® 2012, will be held at the 526-ha (1300-ac) City Park in New Orleans, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The wetland construction project will help return vital recreation […]

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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Keynote Special Water Leaders Session at WEFTEC 2012

Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will deliver the keynote address during a special water leaders session on Monday, Oct. 1. The session, “Rethinking Water Services: Navigating Our Water’s Future,” will take place at WEFTEC® 2012from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the New Orleans Theatre of the New Orleans […]

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Staying Green During Drought

Pictures of parched corn stalks and scorched, cracked soils have pervaded news stories calling the current Midwest drought the worst in 50 years. In late July, about 53% of the U.S. was experiencing moderate to exceptional drought, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor. At the same time, managing stormwater using green infrastructure is now […]

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Check It Out! City of Columbia Organizes Roots and Blues Storm Drain Mural Project

From images of peaceful koi ponds to fierce tigers, the murals local artists painted on Columbia, Mo., storm drains were designed to create awareness about water quality. The goal is to remind the public that stormwater drains directly to the Flat Branch watershed, which flows into Hinkson Creek and eventually into the Mississippi River and […]

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EPA Releases Assessment Guide for Stream Restoration Projects

Urban stormwater significantly impacts not only water quality but also the physical stability and condition of headwater streams due to flashy and frequent erosive flows.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the release of A Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment & Restoration Projects. According to EPA, stream restoration is relatively young and still […]

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