Archive | May, 2015

Report Highlights Green Infrastructure Solutions that Improve Climate Resiliency

On May 5, Island Press and the National Wildlife Federation released a report, Weather We Don’t Recognize, which provides understandable, science-based explanations about how climatic conditions in the Midwest are changing. It also explores the effects climate change is anticipated to have on human and natural communities. With its accessible approach to the complex topic […]

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Duke Energy Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Crimes

On May 14, Duke Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts related to unpermitted discharges and maintenance issues at five North Carolina coal ash storage facilities. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina also approved a $102 million plea agreement to resolve criminal charges against Duke Energy. It involves $68.2 […]

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STORMY Awards Elevate New England Stormwater Efforts

On April 1, the New England Stormwater Collaborative presented its inaugural STORMY Awards, which recognize communities and utilities for their best stormwater ideas that increase efficiency, funding, or political support.

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Exhibitors Encouraged to Present in WEFTEC Stormwater Pavilion

Once again, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is offering exclusive opportunities for its stormwater exhibitors to participate in the WEFTEC and Stormwater Congress technical programs. The opportunity to speak at these co-located conferences not only benefits attendees, but also helps companies gain additional exposure. The Stormwater Congress is co-located with WEFTEC, and both events are […]

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WEF Seeks Input from MS4s and States on Testing of Stormwater Products, Practices

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is engaged in a survey effort to understand the needs of states and municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) communities regarding the testing and evaluation of proprietary products and public-domain practices in the stormwater sector. This effort is linked to WEF’s initiative to create a national Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for […]

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Open-Access WER Article Examines Effectiveness of Man-Made Wetlands

The April 2015 issue of Water Environment Research (WER) includes an open-access article investigating the effectiveness of a man-made wetland system, consisting of linked basins, in local flood control and contaminant filtration. According to WER Editor-in-Chief Tim Ellis, “the authors used a combination of field and lab experiments to characterize the retention and removal of iron, phosphate, and […]

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SITES Announces 12 Newly Certified Sustainable Landscapes

On March 31, the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) program announced that it has certified 12 new sustainable landscapes for meeting rigorous standards in environmental design and performance. These landscapes include a historic Maryland house, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, and a public children’s garden in Austin, Texas. These are the last to […]

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MoDOT To Implement Stormwater Compliance Program

On April 8, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) agreed to implement a statewide compliance program and to pay a $750,000 civil penalty to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations at two road construction sites. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two sites inspected in 2010 and 2011 had significant erosion control issues, including […]

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