Archive | November, 2012

Online Tools Improve Data Sharing

Mobile applications, online tools, and interactive maps are being used more and more as a useful way to display data in a user- friendly way and, in some cases, even to collect information. Here are some examples of recently released maps and apps. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an interactive map that is […]

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U.S. Forest Service Releases a New Version of i-Tree

A study released earlier this year by the U.S. Forest Service analyzed 20 cities and found that urban tree cover was decreasing in 17 of them and impervious cover was increasing in 16. At the beginning of October, the Forest Service and its partners released i-Tree 5.0. This tool is now available on tablets and […]

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RESTORE Act Invests in Reviving Gulf Coast Ecosystems

Earlier this summer, President Obama signed into law the RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act. The law requires 80% of funds resulting from Clean Water Act penalties against the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to be used for environmental and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast. According to Restore the Mississippi River Delta, this investment can […]

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WEF, EPA and WRI Host Free Water Quality Trading Workshops

On Nov. 28 and 29, from 11 am to 5 pm EST, two back-to-back workshops focusing on water quality trading will be free, open to the public, and accessible online. The first, hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a non-technical workshop to convey perspectives and needs of various parties involved in water quality […]

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Submit a Stormwater Abstract for WEFTEC 2013

Abstracts for WEFTEC® 2013 are due Dec. 3—submit your latest findings, experiences and research on stormwater topics. At WEFTEC 2013, to be held Oct. 5 to 9 in Chicago, the number of stormwater-focused sessions will more than double, compared with WEFTEC 2012. The Water Environment Federation’s annual conference will feature dedicated space for stormwater programming […]

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Ten reasons managing stormwater is different from wastewater

By Andrew J. Reese A growing number of wastewater agencies are assuming stormwater management responsibilities. For some communities, the growing complexity of stormwater is driving the transition. For others, growing mixed media compliance demands or the failure of other management approaches are the drivers. This trend will only increase. There are some advantages to placing […]

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