Archive | June, 2013

Florida Governor Approves Bills Protecting Florida Natural Resources

On May 28, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7065, which will pump $32 million annually into the $880 million Everglades Restoration Plan. The plan seeks to restore water quality and flow to improve the health of Everglades habitat and the South Florida economy. The plan includes an additional 2630 ha (6500 ac) of stormwater […]

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Stormwater Permits Added to Web Inventory

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently added stormwater general permits to its Web-based inventory of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Users can easily search the inventory of 767 nonstormwater and stormwater general permits via search options, such as by EPA region and permitting authority. The Web inventory links to general permits that are […]

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Organizations Champion Affordability for Low-Income Water Customers

On May 29, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Water Environment Federation released an Affordability Assessment Tool for Federal Water Mandates. The goal of this tool and a related joint issue brief is to relieve undue economic burdens on communities facing federal water mandates, which often address combined sewer overflows […]

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CNT Releases Report on Chicago-Area Flood Issues

According to a research report released May 14 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), there is a lack of correlation between property-damage claims and recognized floodplains. This study, The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding, represents the first phase of CNT’s research on the prevalence and cost of flooding to property owners in Chicago’s […]

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Beach Advisory Tools Help Keep Swimmers Safe

Beach closures are usually the result of water quality tests that indicate bacterial contamination. Generally, the bacteria come from sewer overflows, stormwater runoff, boating and animal waste, and leaking septic systems. Several online tools are available to help beachgoers stay safe this summer. On May 20, the Waterkeeper Alliance launched an online tool and mobile […]

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Plan

Through the RESTORE Act, the U.S. Congress established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council in July 2012, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Composed of governors from the five Gulf Coast states and representatives from six federal agencies, the council is responsible for developing a plan to restore the ecosystem and economy of the region. […]

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WERF Releases Call for Unsolicited Research Proposals

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking preproposals for its unsolicited research program. WERF is looking to fund innovative research that addresses water quality challenges and issues facing the wastewater and stormwater sector in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. WERF will consider proposals that build on existing research. The preproposals are due July […]

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WEF Seeks Innovative Stormwater Videos

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) will hold its second annual StormTV Project, a call for videos of innovative stormwater programs and projects. The purpose of this project is to share, through video, creative ways of managing stormwater, improving water quality, and informing the public. The top videos in four categories will be selected by a […]

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Hosting a Low Impact Development Design Competition

Throughout much of the U.S., there is a lack of familiarity with low impact development (LID) in the engineering and design community. LID design competitions give engineers, developers, landscape architects, and others a chance to gain experience with LID in a low-risk environment. Competitions can also break down perceived barriers to LID — such as […]

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Solar-Powered Protein Filter Removes Antibiotics From Surface Water

An article published the journal Nano Letters in April describes University of Cincinnati research on a solar-powered protein filter for removing antibiotics and carcinogens from surface waters. Researchers Vikram Kapoor and David Wendell report that the filters, made from bacterial proteins, work at a higher rate than activated carbon filtering technologies, absorbing 64% of antibiotics […]

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