Archive | January, 2014

NRDC Releases Green Edge Report

In mid-December, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report on how green infrastructure can benefit commercial private property owners. The report, “The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value,” discusses monetary benefits beyond reductions in stormwater fees. Fee savings, NRDC says, can account for as little as 1–5% of […]

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Supporting Adaptive Management

On Dec. 12, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 190, providing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with more flexible and cost-effective options for protecting water quality on a watershed scale. The new law paves the way to expand adaptive management and water quality trading, as it allows for pollutant-specific Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]

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EPA Announces New Program Vision for TMDLs

In early December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new collaborative framework for developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to begin in 2014. The New Program Vision incorporates experience gained over the last two decades from developing nearly 65,000 TMDLs. The new vision focuses on improving how states establish and prioritize impaired waters. […]

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Relabeling Extreme Rainfall Events To Improve Public Understanding

The 100-year rain storm is understood poorly by the public. Author Thomas Grisa describes a rating system measuring a storm’s severity rather than its rarity.

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Upcoming Documentary Highlights Country’s Top Green Infrastructure

Penn State Public Media’s documentary “Water Blues, Green Solutions” explores the U.S. cities relying on innovative green infrastructure to combat their water challenges. From devastating storms and record-breaking droughts to expanding cityscapes and increased pollution, some experts say the nation is facing a water crisis. Recognizing this environmental dilemma, filmmakers at Penn State Public Media […]

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Federal-State Partners Launch Urban Middle Rio Grande Restoration and Stormwater Permit Pilot in New Mexico

The Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande conservation initiative launched Dec. 11 with the objective of revitalizing the Rio Grande urban waterway near Albuquerque—one of the 11 locations announced in May as part of the Urban Waters Partnership. The initiative is a new federal-state partnership to improve water quality and address environmental justice in New Mexico. […]

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Wind Project Sparks Stormwater Management Debate

On Dec. 5, the Vermont Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project along the Lowell Mountain Range. The project, which went on-line last November, uses level spreaders for stormwater management. Green Mountain Power claims the level spreaders disturb less land than traditional retention ponds and have been used […]

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Snow Creek Stream Restoration Envision Platinum Award

In mid-November, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) bestowed the Envision™ Platinum Award on the Snow Creek Stream Environment Zone restoration project, located in North Lake Tahoe, California. This is the highest level of ISI’s rating system, and the Snow Creek project is only the second to receive it. The project involved the restoration of […]

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