Archive | September, 2013

WEF Offers Three Ways To Learn About User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs

On Sept. 11, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) hosted a webcast on user-fee-funded stormwater utilities. The webcast is based on a new WEF publication also released in September — User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs. The webcast and the book cover best practices and creative approaches for developing stormwater fee programs and rate structures. The authors discuss changing […]

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Recording of NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule Webinar Available

In early September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a webcast on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Electronic Reporting Rule in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the National Rural Water Association. EPA focused on implementation of the rule and data quality, while highlighting portions […]

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Stormwater Congress Onsite Program is Now Available

Join more than 350 stormwater professionals as they converge on Chicago Oct. 5 to 9 for the Stormwater Congress, hosted by the Water Environment Federation. The onsite program is online now. Take an advanced look at the sessions offered, speakers’ detail, and Stormwater Pavilion programming and exhibitors. While at the conference, the most up to […]

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CNT to Host Urban Flooding Forum at the Stormwater Congress

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) — a Chicago-based nonprofit — is hosting the National Urban Flooding Forum during the Water Environment Federation’s Stormwater Congress. A CNT survey of 30 major cities in the Great Lakes region shows that all surveyed cities are affected by urban flooding caused by rain overwhelming drainage systems and waterways. […]

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WEF Releases First Issue of New Stormwater Magazine

The beginning of September marked the launch of the Water Environment Federation’s new stormwater magazine, World Water: Stormwater Management. This quarterly international publication will be provided online at no charge, and paid subscriptions are available. The first issue offers a broad overview of the stormwater sector. It examines the rise and state of green infrastructure […]

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WEF Partners on 2014 Green Infrastructure Conference

The Water Environment Federation is partnering on Green Infrastructure & Water Management in Growing Metropolitan Areas, a conference scheduled for Jan. 14 to 16, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. The conference is organized by the University of South Florida Patel College of Global Sustainability and the University of Florida, with support from the U.S. Forest Service. […]

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Presenters Prepare Short Talks for Stormwater Pavilion Theater

This year’s Stormwater Congress will be co-located with WEFTEC® 2013, to be hosted Oct. 5 to 9 in Chicago. This gives attendees access not only to stormwater programming but also to content and exhibits covering the entire water sector. The focal point of the Stormwater Congress within the WEFTEC exhibit hall will be the Stormwater […]

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Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Supporting Green Infrastructure

On Aug. 13, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 1869 in Orland Park, an area that is leading the way in sustainable stormwater infrastructure. The legislation recognizes the effectiveness of new stormwater management practices and gives municipalities greater flexibility to build and invest in green infrastructure and other innovative approaches. The law expands the list […]

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UK Study Compiles Evidence of Economic Benefits to Green Infrastructure

In mid-August, the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) released a review of ways green infrastructure contributes to economic growth. The report compiles evidence from several case studies, concluding that green infrastructure increases property values and inward investment, visitor spending, job creation, and health benefits, and it helps prevent environmental costs. According […]

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SWEMA Releases Stormwater Maintenance Ordinance

On Aug. 12, the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association released a maintenance ordinance template that state and local governments can use for stormwater controls. It covers maintenance needs, access, frequency, and inspections. The template can also be modified to suit local regulations. Find the template here.

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