Archive | December, 2012

USGS Study Shows Effects of Urbanization on Streams

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that sensitive species loss can occur during the earliest stages of urban development. In addition, there is no single factor responsible for stream degradation. Previous though was that stream systems are resilient up to certain levels of impervious cover (typically 0–10%) within a watershed. However, […]

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U.S. EPA Releases 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria

On Nov. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of new recreational water quality criteria. The new criteria are not prescriptive but are intended to serve as a tool for states to use in setting their standards. The 2012 standards are also intended to improve protection of public health by including a […]

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NOAA Awards $5.5 Million in Watershed Education Grants

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded $5.5 million in K–12 education grants for watershed studies as part of the agency’s Office of Education Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. Examples of winning projects include field investigations in the Gulf of Mexico, stormwater management studies in the Great Lakes, and creating […]

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SWEMA Draft Maintenance Agreement for Stormwater Controls

With many stormwater controls being implemented on private land, property owners should be aware of long-term operation and maintenance and associated costs. The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association recently released a draft maintenance agreement that can be used by state and local governments to require property developers or owners to perform routine maintenance of stormwater controls. Also […]

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Los Angeles Enacts New Municipal Stormwater Permit

In mid-November, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. The stormwater permit set total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for 33 pollutants and covers Los Angeles County and 84 cities within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District — […]

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Toolkit Aims to Improve Collaboration on Source Water Protection

The Source Water Collaborative and U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service recently launched a toolkit to help protect drinking water sources through agricultural conservation practices. The toolkit is a guide to fostering effective collaboration with state and regional U.S. Department of Agriculture partners. It lists opportunities, key contacts, additional resources, and partners, as well as success […]

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City of Santa Barbara, Calif., and University of California Release Source Tracking Guidance

Using microbial markers and other methods, source tracking can help identify sources of fecal pollution in stormwater and receiving waterbodies. Knowing the source of fecal pollution is an important first step to finding effective ways of eliminating it. The City of Santa Barbara, Calif., and the University of California–Santa Barbara recently released a guidance document […]

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Check it Out: MIT Green Infrastructure Survey

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) is calling on stormwater management professionals, designers, engineers, and contractors to complete a 10-minute Green Infrastructure Survey.  This survey will inform a study of job and economic development opportunities in green infrastructure.  Cities and stormwater authorities increasingly recognize that investments in green infrastructure can […]

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