Archive | April, 2014

William Penn Foundation Invests $35 Million in Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The Delaware River watershed covers more than 34,965 km2 (13,500-mi2) in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. On April 1, the William Penn Foundation awarded $35 million in grants, launching a multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities. More than 40 national […]

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Chesapeake Bay Program Receives Thousands of Comments on Draft Watershed Agreement

The comment period on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement closed March 17. The agreement is the fourth of its kind and sets new restoration goals and a new decision-making framework for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  It is, however, the first agreement since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum […]

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EPA Stays Decision on Mississippi Basin Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On March 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to stay a decision on whether the agency must provide numeric nutrient criteria for Mississippi River Basin states. In a previous 2013 U.S. District Court ruling, EPA was given until March 19 to determine whether […]

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British Columbia Bill Would Regulate Groundwater for the First Time

A bill proposed on March 11 in the Canadian province of British Columbia would regulate and protect groundwater resources for the first time. The Water Sustainability Act would modernize the 1909 Water Act and take effect in the spring of 2015, after supporting regulations are developed and finalized. In addition to creating first-time protections for […]

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Government of Alberta Allocates CAD$1.1 Billion to Flood Recovery and Mitigation

On March 14, the Government of the Alberta announced a commitment of $1 billion (CAD$1.1 billion) over the next three years to flood-recovery.  Nearly $120 million (CAD$132 million) will be available for flood mitigation, floodway relocation, erosion control grants, and flood hazard studies and updating flood maps. The amount also includes $8.9 million (CAD$9.7 million) […]

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Ohio River Basin Trading Program Transacts First Credits

On March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) transacted the first interstate credits for  nutrients in the United States, officially launching water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy, and American Electric Power are the first buyers in the program. Collectively, the companies purchased 9000 stewardship credits, agreeing to […]

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WERF Award Applications Due June 1

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is now accepting applications for its annual awards. The honors include the Paul L. Busch Award, which awards achievements in practical water quality solutions, and the WERF Award for Excellence in Innovation, which awards the application of WERF research used to achieve documented improvements. The awards “seek to highlight […]

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Stormwater Congress Registration is Now Open

Registration for the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Congress opened on March 31. The conference will be held in conjunction with WEFTEC® 2014, which will take place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center September 27 through October 1. Again this year, the congress features a robust technical program coupled with the Stormwater Pavilion. The […]

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Winners of Green Country LID Design Competition Announced

Winners of the Green Country Low Impact Development (LID) Design Competition were announced April 3 at the Great Plains Low Impact Development Innovation Symposium. The goal of the competition was to increase familiarity with and demonstrate the benefits of LID as a land development approach and to create a continuing dialogue amongst public and private […]

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Pine Beetles Alter Hydrology of Mountain Watersheds

The mountain pine beetle has caused the death of millions of acres of trees in western states ranging from New Mexico to British Columbia. In Colorado alone, the beetle is responsible for 1.4 million ha (3.4 million ac) of dead pine trees, as reported by the National Science Foundation. The tree deaths not only increase […]

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