Archive | November, 2013

Department of the Interior Announces $100 Million in Coastal Resiliency Grants

On Oct. 29, the 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. The program will fund the research and restoration of natural areas along the Atlantic Coast for improved storm resiliency. The grant program will be administered through the National Fish […]

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SEMCOG Seeks Public Input on Green Infrastructure Vision

Throughout the summer and into this fall, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is hosting visioning sessions in the region’s seven counties as part of its Green Infrastructure Vision. The sessions are intended to gather input from stakeholders on existing green or natural areas and to envision the types and locations for future green […]

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Corridors of Opportunity Investigates Green Infrastructure Along the Green Line

Projected to open in 2014, the Central Corridor or Green Line light-rail will carry passengers between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. An effort is under way to use this development project to improve stormwater management with shared, stacked-function green infrastructure, reducing runoff to the Mississippi River. The Central Corridor Stormwater and Green […]

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Check It Out: Pilot Project to Test Energy-Passive Groundwater Recharge Pump

H2Opportunities, a nonprofit with the goal of bringing innovative water and wastewater technologies to market, recently issued a $99,000 contract at Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Parjana Distribution LLC. The 9-ha pilot project is a test of the company’s DrainAge technology, which is an energy-passive groundwater recharge pump that injects standing water back into […]

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University of Illinois Research Shows Willingness To Pay for Water Quality Benefits

In a recent survey by the University of Illinois with data from 131 randomly selected Champaign–Urbana households, researchers found that people are willing to pay not only for infrastructure that reduces basement flooding but also for improvements to local water quality. Previous research has documented the willingness to pay for improvements that reduce flooding. However, […]

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California Court Rules That MS4 Permit Requirements Are Federal Mandates

In mid-October, a California appeals court ruled in affirmation with a state trial court that stormwater permit requirements are federal mandates not subject to state reimbursement. The case involved Los Angeles County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4), which requires the county to reduce discharged pollution by the maximum extent practicable. The permit adopted […]

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ECOS Releases Green Infrastructure Resolution

On Sept. 18, at the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) annual conference, the Water and Ecosystems Committee unanimously approved a resolution supporting green infrastructure in communities that experience the impacts of stormwater, from those with sewer overflows (both combined and sanitary) to waterways impaired by runoff pollutants. ECOS outlines many of the benefits of […]

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