Archive | May, 2013

Chicago Launches New Website for Sustainable Backyards Program

On April 22, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new website for the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program. The program emphasizes the use of green infrastructure to prevent flooding in basements and neighborhoods and to improve water quality in Lake Michigan. Chicago residents can receive up to 50% rebates on sustainable backyard improvement purchases, […]

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Green Infrastructure Increases Milwaukee Property Values

While the effects of green infrastructure on property values can be difficult to isolate, several studies have shown that green features do increase property values. On April 25, Kate Madison, policy analyst at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, presented preliminary data from research on the subject. Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District’s permit requires […]

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Washington State Department of Ecology Offers $7 Million for Stormwater Construction Projects

Cities, towns, counties, and ports covered by Phase I or Phase II municipal stormwater permits in Washington state are encouraged to apply for $7 million in available funds for stormwater construction projects. Applications are due to the Washington State Department of Ecology by June 14. Last year, the Washington State Department of Ecology provided $68 […]

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Maryland Forest Legislation First of Its Kind

On May 2, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law the Forest Preservation Act of 2013. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the law is the first of its kind in the nation. It requires no net loss of the state’s current 40% tree canopy and provides incentives to surpass the statewide […]

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Public Safety at Stormwater Management Facilities

It is impractical, if not impossible, to provide zero risk at stormwater management facilities. Yet, many safety issues can be mitigated with proper design.

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Registration Opens for WEF’s Inaugural Stormwater Congress

“I’m really excited about the first-ever Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 2013. The Congress will build on the success of last year’s inaugural Stormwater Symposium. The event further demonstrates WEF’s commitment to the growing stormwater management market and its importance to WEF’s mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.”  – Larry Jaworski, co-chair of […]

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WEF Hosts Integrated Planning Webcast

On June 26, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host a free webcast on integrated planning with a specific focus on implementation. The 1.5 hour webcast will take place from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Eastern. Up to this point, there has been a great deal of focus on the concepts of integrated planning without any concrete […]

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Check it Out: Kingsport Mobile App Teaches Children About Stormwater

Kingsport, Tenn., debuted a stormwater mobile application as part of an Earth Day celebration. The app, intended for children, features Stormy, the water drop. Stormy guides children through a scavenger hunt designed to teach them about stormwater issues. The hunt takes children around to different outfalls where they can scan QR codes on posted signs. […]

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