Archive | February, 2015

Alberta Considers Giving More Room to the River

In response to the 2013 floods in Alberta, the Canadian provincial government along with municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, and others have identified, studied, and implemented various solutions for the Bow River Basin. Although the focus was primarily on large-scale gray infrastructure, the province is now piloting a new solution being used in the Netherlands to manage […]

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EPA Releases Reports on Paying and Planning for Green Infrastructure

In early February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds Natural Estuary Program released two green infrastructure resources for municipalities. The first is a funding resource entitled “Getting to Green: Paying for Green Infrastructure, Finance Options and Resources for Local Decision-Makers.” The report summarizes various funding sources for supporting stormwater management programs […]

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Report Calls for Urgent Improvements to UK Natural Capital

In January, the Natural Capital Committee, an independent body that advises the British government, released its third and final State of Natural Capital report. According to the report, urgent action is needed to reverse the long-term decline in natural capital across the country. Natural capital provides ecosystem services, such as clean water, but a debt […]

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EPA and NOAA Release Storm Surge Resources

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), storm surge is one of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane and one of the main causes of coastal inundation. It also can cause damage and flooding many miles inland. Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. are vulnerable to storm surge, and it is […]

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Healthy watersheds support recreation

EPA Testifies at Waters of the U.S. Hearing, Final Connectivity Report Released

On February 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy testified at a Joint Senate and House hearing, defending the agencies’ jointly proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The agencies’ rulemaking attempts to clarify uncertainty over the Clean Water Act’s reach following […]

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Columbus Solves SSO Problem and Creates Jobs for Residents

In solving sanitary sewer overflows, the City of Columbus is spending its capital dollars above ground, transforming neighborhoods and creating permanent jobs rather than building little-used tunnels.

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New Study Quantifies Amount of Plastic in World Oceans

On Dec. 10, 5 Gyres Institute published a new report in the journal PLOS ONE that is the first global estimate of plastic pollution — both micro- and macroplastic. The study culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, according to the […]

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Sampling for DNA Could Improve Biological Indicator Monitoring

Effective environmental management depends on a detailed knowledge of the distribution of species. But taxonomists are in short supply, and some species can be difficult to identify, even for experts. The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), in collaboration with the Canton Zurich Office of Waste, Water, Energy and Air, is now […]

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WEF Seeks Steering Committee Members for New MS4 and Green Infrastructure Awards Program

In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is seeking nominations for the Steering Committee of the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. This awards program, led by  WEF through a cooperative agreement with the EPA, was established to recognize high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Programs […]

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EPA, States and Automotive Industry To Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive industry representatives, and the Environmental Council of the States signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5% by 2021 and to 0.5% […]

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