Archive | March, 2015

University Releases Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Map

The Michigan Tech Research Institute has developed a comprehensive map of the Great Lakes coastal wetlands. This map is available publicly and is the first of its kind on such a broad scale. It shows more than 16,000 km of shoreline across the entire basin in both Canada and the U.S. The map can help […]

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Welsh Government Launches Interim SuDS Standards Consultation

In early February, the Welsh Government launched a consultation for interim non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage (SuDS). Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, which would have required new developments to include SuDS that comply with national standards, has not been enacted. In the absence of these standards, the Welsh Government […]

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Hypoxia Task Force Extends Deadline, Plans New Strategies for Reducing Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

On Feb. 12, the federal-state Hypoxia Task Force announced that it would fail to meet a 2015 goal to reduce the Gulf of Mexico dead zone from about 15,000 km2 to 5,000 km2. The task force has decided to extend the target date for shrinking the dead zone to 2035. Created in 1997, the Hypoxia […]

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NOAA Tool Helps Protect Coral Reefs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management is highlighting the use of its Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (OpenNSPECT) for protecting coral reefs from stormwater runoff. Sediment and other sources of land-based pollution are a primary threat to coral reefs in many island environments. The tool applies broadly to investigations […]

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Boise To Reduce Phosphorus Through Innovative Offset Project

The City of Boise, Idaho plans to begin construction on an innovative means of meeting phosphorus removal requirements this spring. The Dixie Drain contributes about 40% of phosphorus that drains from the Boise River into the Snake River, as reported by the Boise State Public Radio. The drain, dug in the early 20th century, drains […]

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New Reports Highlight Opportunities During Green Infrastructure Implementation

Although green infrastructure is a critical tool for solving stormwater management challenges, it includes a set of evolving technologies “with inconsistent performance and uncertain costs,” according to a new report, released in March, by the UC-Berkeley School of Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment. Uncertainty about the performance or life-cycle costs of green […]

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Court To Rule Again on Flow-Based TMDLs

On Feb. 18, the City of Rutland, Vt., filed a complaint requesting that the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont vacate a flow-based total maximum daily load (TMDL) for biological impairments in Moon Brook. The TMDL regulates the amount of stormwater entering Moon Brook using flow as a surrogate for sediment. Flow-based TMDLs […]

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Bills To Eliminate Stormwater Fee Voted Down by Maryland Lawmakers

On March 6, Maryland’s House Environment and Transportation Committee sunk several bills aimed at lifting state stormwater fees. Under a 2012 mandate, the state’s 10 most populous jurisdictions, which include Phase I municipal separate storm sewer system communities, are required to charge a fee to pay for their stormwater management programs. Under this law, jurisdictions […]

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Solving Slick Roads and Salty Streams

The use of road salt and other deicers for highway maintenance became widespread during the 1960s. And while salting allows for safer winter travel, sustained economic productivity, continued emergency services, and other benefits, salt has been silently accumulating in the environment ever since, threatening drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems. According to a U.S. Geological […]

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Harrisburg and Capital Region Water Agree to Reduce Sewer Overflows, Nutrient Discharges

Under an $82 million proposed partial settlement, the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will work to address sewer overflows discharged to the Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek, which are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The settlement, still subject to a 30-day comment period, is a proposed agreement between the city and utility […]

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