Archive | November, 2014

Joint US-Canadian Website Displays Streamflow Conditions

On Nov. 4, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) announced another milestone achieved through their cooperation, the North America WaterWatch (NAWW). NAWW is a website displaying streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. The site provides a fast, easy-to-use, cartographically based central web interface for users to access real-time streamflow conditions […]

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London Super Sewer Given Green Light

In mid-September, Thames Water was given the green light to begin building London’s ‘super sewer.’ The 25-km (16-mi) tunnel will reduce combined sewer overflows to the tidal River Thames. From Acton storm tanks in West London, the tunnel will run underground, beneath the river, to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London where it will […]

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EPA Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama’s Sustainability Initiative

On Oct. 31, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released plans for preparing for the effects of climate change, including flooding and seal level rise. The agency’s adaptation implementation plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. EPA […]

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ASCE Releases Guidance on Public Safety for Urban Stormwater Facilities

This fall, the American Society of Civil Engineers released the manual, Public Safety Guidance for Urban Stormwater Facilities. People enjoy and like to recreate around water. However, they may not recognize the possible dangers of retention ponds, open channels, closed culverts, or other features associated with stormwater management. Although it is impractical, if not impossible, […]

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Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge Now Accepting Entries

The City of Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Port of Tacoma invite design teams to participate in the “Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge.” This design competition challenges teams to tackle one of three real-world site designs to showcase sustainable solutions for stormwater runoff. The challenge provides participants an opportunity to receive hands-on learning, networking opportunities, […]

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Weakened SuDS Plan Could Worsen Flooding, Groups Say

On Sept. 12, the U.K. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and Department for Communities and Local Government released a consultation for delivering sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). The goal of the consultation was to examine SuDS implementation options and long-term maintenance strategies. The need for greater use of SuDS was recognized following […]

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Corvias Announces Public-Private Partnership Agreement with Prince George’s County

On Nov. 19, Corvias Solutions announced that it has signed a first-of-its-kind, community-based, public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County, Maryland. This $100 million, 30-year partnership comes to fruition after a unanimous decision by the Prince George’s County Council and more than a year’s worth of negotiations. Corvias Solutions is a privately-held company and a […]

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A Water of the US

Defining Waters of the U.S. and the Effects on Stormwater

With comments due Nov. 14, this article examines points of intersection between the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule and the stormwater sector with viewpoints from stakeholders across the U.S.

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Potomac Piranhas Host Stormwater Hackathon

. On Oct. 25, The Potomac PiranhasTM hosted the region’s first collaborative watershed program focused on innovation, capital, and entrepreneurship. The event, called a Hackathon, brought together 50 people from across geographic lines and sectors, including business, academia, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and government to brainstorm innovative ways to clean up the Potomac watershed. The Hackathon […]

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EPA Releases Guidebook for Community Smart Growth with Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the report “Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure.” The guidebook is a resource to help groups, such as local governments, nonprofits, utilities, and others, use green infrastructure to improve communities and save money. The report discusses the many benefits of green infrastructure beyond improving water […]

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