Archive | July, 2013

U.S. EPA Videos Feature Urban Waters Voices

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of videos on local efforts to restore urban waters. The Urban Water Voices series focuses on community efforts to improve public outreach, education, and environmental stewardship. Videos include improvements already made and unique challenges still facing local waterbodies across the U.S. One of the […]

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Reports Detail Stream Health and Remediation Strategies

On July 10, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report — Ecological Health in the Nation’s Streams, 1995-–2003. Chemical and physical properties can provide a picture of stream health, but biological indicators can provide a more comprehensive perspective. Species’ health can represent the cumulative effects of physical and chemical changes to an environment, and they […]

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CIRIA Releases Scoping Report on Water Sensitive Urban Design in the UK

This summer the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) released a scoping study report that examines current and potential Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in the UK. According to the report, “WSUD aims to give greater priority to water management considerations during the initial conception of developed areas while optimizing the opportunities for delivering […]

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EnviroCert International Offers Certification at WEF Stormwater Congress

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is hosting its inaugural Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC® 2013, which will be held Oct. 5 to 9 in Chicago. At the congress, EnviroCert International Inc. will offer certification opportunities for stormwater professionals. According to the company, it has provided certification for 30 years and is internationally recognized. Becoming certified can […]

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Green Roof Startup Selected for Accelerator Program

On July 17, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) and The Water Council selected four technology startups to participate in the Freshwater Seed Accelerator Program. The French company Le Prieure will participate through its American subsidiary Vegetal i.D. The company focuses on the art and science of green roofs with an innovative system that controls […]

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Douglas Weikel Wins Golden Rain Drop Award

Douglas Weikel, director of civil engineering and geomatics at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. (HRG), won the first Golden Rain Drop awarded by the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association (PWEA) at ceremonies held during PennTec 2013. Weikel has been extremely active in the newly formed PWEA Stormwater Committee, of which he became chair on June 3. […]

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Paul Hlavinka Wins Golden Rain Drop Award

The Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) awarded Paul Hlavinka, current chair of the CWEA Stormwater Group, the first-ever Golden Rain Drop Award at its spring meeting, Stormwater 2013: Implementation Realities. The award is for his extraordinary service to the water sector and his advancement of stormwater management. Hlavinka has a strong engineering and project management […]

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Check It Out: Garden Bridge Could Span Thames By 2016

London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick has created designs for a $93 million (£60 million) garden bridge. The pedestrian walkway would incorporate plantings from grasses to trees while spanning the Thames River from Covent Garden to the South Bank. “With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Stakeholder Engagement Guide

Building stakeholder relationships is key to successfully implementing stormwater programs and projects. Stakeholder support is also needed for effective outreach. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released an updated version of Getting in Step: Engaging Stakeholders in Your Watershed, originally released in 2001. The guide is intended to help government agency personnel involved in […]

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WERF Releases Tool To Aid BMP Selection

In late June, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) released BMP SELECT 2.0. This spreadsheet tool helps users conduct planning-level analyses of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Users can compare life-cycle costs and pollutant-removal efficiencies of various practices under alternative scenarios. Simulate the control of total suspended solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and total zinc […]

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