Archive | December, 2014

Researchers Study Green Solutions for Roadway Snow and Ice Control

Cold-climate researchers at the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) are looking at green alternatives to the salt, sand, and chemicals typically used for highway snow and ice control. The U.S. spends $2.3 billion each year on the removal of highway snow and ice plus another $5 billion to mitigate the hidden […]

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EPA Offers Communities Climate Resilience Assistance

On Nov. 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of communities that will receive up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance. The goal is to help water utilities in more than 20 communities bolster their climate change resilience and readiness. Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities will participate in a multiyear program […]

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Sea Grant Releases Great Lakes Monitoring Data Website

On Dec. 1, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) announced a new website that displays environmental data from across the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Monitoring application, created in conjunction with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by […]

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Sensors Provide Daily Nitrate Data in Mississippi River Basin

Announced in November, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) article published in Environmental Science & Technology describes how advanced optical sensor technology on small streams and large rivers throughout the Mississippi River basin are helping to accurately track nitrate pulses to the Gulf of Mexico. USGS is using the sensors to collect nitrate concentration data every hour. […]

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NFWF Announces Nearly $100 Million for Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

On Nov. 17, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced nearly $100 million in grants from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (Gulf Fund) to 25 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The projects, developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy and reduce the […]

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WERF Awards Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently awarded the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies. This project — Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems — will aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment. […]

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Virginia Awards $21.5 Million in Stormwater Grants

On Dec. 9, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund. The grants cover 64 projects in 25 localities. The fund, administered by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), was established by the 2013 General Assembly. This year, $28 million was available to local governments as matching […]

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PennFuture Appeal Leads to Revised Pennsylvania Stormwater Permit

PennFuture, an environmental and public health advocacy group, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed a Stipulation of Settlement on Nov. 20 outlining revisions to Pennsylvania’s municipal stormwater permitting system. As a result, DEP will propose a revised version of Pennsylvania’s general permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), known as […]

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U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio. The consent decree, which Lima and EPA have been negotiating for the past 10 years, will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) released into the […]

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Collaborative Hosts Best Ideas Stormwater Competition for New England Communities

The New England Stormwater Collaborative is looking for ways local communities are enhancing their ability to deliver stormwater management services. The collaborative — a joint committee of the New England Water Environment Association, New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), and the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association — is planning to recognize […]

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