Archive | July, 2014

DC Water Issues Inaugural $350 Million Green Century Bonds

DC Water issued $350 million in taxable, green century bonds the week of July 10, marking several firsts for the utility and the municipal sector. The 100-year final maturity represents the first municipal century bond issued by a water or wastewater utility in the U.S. It also represents DC Water’s inaugural green bond issue and […]

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President Obama Announces Climate Resiliency Actions, Green Infrastructure Collaborative

In November, President Obama established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise him on how the Federal government can best respond to the needs of communities nationwide. The task force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, held its fourth and final meeting on July […]

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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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CNT Launches Rain Ready Initiative

In early July, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) announced its Rain Ready initiative, which offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with global climate change. The goal of Rain Ready is to help Americans and their municipal and state leaders approach the challenges of flooding, water shortages, […]

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LIFT Issues Call for Technology Scan Applications

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is now seeking submissions from innovative technology providers for solutions that can be applied in the water quality industry. Through the LIFT Technology Scan and Assessment program, technology providers are offered an optimal platform to introduce their emerging, pre-commercial, and newly commercialized technologies to funders, advisors, and end […]

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WEF Announces Stormwater Congress Luncheon Keynote Speaker

The 2014 Stormwater Congress will be hosted by the Water Environment Federation September 27 through October 1 in conjunction with WEFTEC® at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Mahoney grew up in Syracuse, New York, and was elected to public office in 2007 […]

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EPA Launches Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest started in 2012 to encourage innovative approaches to stormwater management. Every time it rains, urban stormwater carries bacteria, nutrients, heavy metals and other pollutants into the nation’s waters, impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams […]

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Moving Dirt: Challenges in LID Construction

Use of low impact development (LID) is growing in both new developments and retrofit projects. This increase also means a growing need for contractor experience related to unique stormwater management requirements of LID. While construction is critical to long-term LID performance, success ultimately depends on designers, installers, developers, and inspectors understanding LID and coordinating across […]

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Iron Could Limit Spread of Dead Zones, Study Says

In late May, a study led by researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) and published in the journal Nature Geosciences suggests that iron released from continental margin sediments could limit the spread and duration of hypoxic areas, also known as dead zones. The iron may act as a natural limiting switch, keeping ocean systems from […]

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EPA Releases Groundwater Remediation Guidance

On May 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a guidance document evaluating approaches for restoring or containing contaminated groundwater at Superfund sites. The report, “Groundwater Remedy Completion of Strategy: Moving Forward with the End in Mind,” is part of a suite of EPA guidance on groundwater cleanups. According to the EPA report, “Groundwater […]

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