Archive | April, 2015

Ohio State, Farmers, and EPA Take Steps to Reduce Algal Blooms

On April 2, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law legislation aimed at reducing nutrient runoff and thereby decreasing algal and cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie. The new law prohibits farmers from spreading manure when fields are frozen or saturated or when forecasts call for rain. The manure-spreading ban applies to weather forecasts of at […]

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France Mandates Rooftops Have Solar Panels or Green Roofs

On March 19, the French Parliament approved a law mandating that half of rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones be covered with either a green roof or solar panels. This new legislation is a compromise between France’s Socialist government and environmental interests, as it is limited in scope to commercial buildings and half, rather […]

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China Announces Sponge City Pilots

On March 11, China’s State Oceanic Administration released a 2014 assessment of coastal water quality, finding that about 81% of coastal waters are polluted with phosphates, nitrates, ammonia nitrogen, oil, and fuel. While this percentage represents a slight improvement from 2013, a larger amount of this pollution originated from inland stormwater runoff carrying fertilizers, pesticides, […]

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WERF Requests Research Proposals on Reclaimed Water and Stormwater Harvesting

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals for research to overcome pricing and economic barriers to using alternative water sources. Proposals for this project, Economic Pathways and Partners for Use of Reclaimed Water and Harvesting Stormwater, are due no later than May 13. The proposals should take research to the next level of […]

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Los Angeles County and Flood Control District Liable for Water Quality Violations

In a March 30 ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Flood Control District liable for violating the terms of a 2001 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. While the court ruled that compliance with a newer 2012 NPDES permit should be […]

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EPA Announces Winners of the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge

On Earth Day, April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure. Student teams proposed innovative green infrastructure designs to reduce stormwater pollution and develop sustainable communities. This year, more than 500 college students from […]

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CIRIA Releases Flood Guidance and Defra Announces SuDS Standards

On March 24, The U.K.-based Construction Industry Research and Information Association released two new guides “Communication and engagement in local flood risk management” and “Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide.” The guides are intended to help communities engage with stakeholders, particularly those vulnerable to flooding. The guides are relevant at […]

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HUD Releases Green Infrastructure Report Within New Online Library

In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library. HUD awarded the first Sustainable Community Initiative Grant in 2010, and the library will showcase products from the 143 communities that have received the grant since then. This new online library catalogs dozens of local and regional […]

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Colorado and New Jersey Ban Microbeads

On March 26, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law H.B. 1144, a bill phasing in the prohibition of microbeads between Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2020. The law will ban the production, sale, manufacture, and promotion of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Microbeads are typically made of polyethylene or polypropylene and […]

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TMDL Can Apply to Lake Sediment, Court Rules

The California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, has ruled that a total maximum daily load (TMDL) established for McGrath Lake’s sediment bed does not violate the Clean Water Act, state water code, or the California Environmental Quality Act. The court filed its opinion for Conway v. State Water Resources Control Board. on March 30. […]

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