Archive | September, 2015

New Report Examines Practical and Research-Based Lessons on Green Infrastructure

Despite increasing implementation of green infrastructure for stormwater management, information on its design, implementation, operation, and performance is limited. In July, the Science Policy Exchange, in cooperation with Syracuse University, released the report Green Infrastructure: Lessons from Science and Practice. The report is intended to help readers understand the strengths and limitations of green infrastructure. […]

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WEF Releases Special Stormwater-Focused Issue of WER

The September issue of Water Environment Research (WER), the peer-reviewed research journal of the Water Environment Federation, focuses on stormwater. The issue highlights the importance of continued research in basic and applied science and engineering to reduce the effects of stormwater while maximizing the environmental, social, and economic benefits of stormwater management. An open-access paper […]

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Injunction Prevents Clean Water Rule from Taking Effect in 13 States

On Aug. 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army’s Clean Water Rule went into effect in 37 states. The rule is intended to clarify which waters fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. However, a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota blocked implementation of […]

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Settlement Would Require EPA To Revise Phase II MS4 Permit

A settlement filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise its 1999 Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits for small communities with populations fewer than 100,000. EPA reached a settlement with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the […]

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Momentous Announcements Planned for WEFTEC Stormwater Congress

The WEFTEC Stormwater Congress is fast approaching. The event, hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), will be held September 26 through 30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Now in its third year, the 2015 Stormwater Congress will offer more than 30 stormwater-specific technical sessions and workshops. Speakers will cover a variety of topics from […]

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Floating Treatment Wetlands Show Promise as Pond Retrofit

Floating treatment wetlands are an emerging innovation in green technology that have demonstrated significant potential for stormwater management.

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University-led Consortiums Receive Grants for Urban Sustainability Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) has granted 5-year, $12 million awards to three separate research networks to conduct integrated research on urban sustainability. One of the awards was given to the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN), a consortium of 14 academic institutions and key partners nationwide. UWIN addresses […]

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New Research Finds Washington, D.C. Sinking

A team of geologists from the University of Vermont (UVM), working with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions, confirmed that land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking and forecasts that Washington, D.C. could drop by 6 or more inches (15 cm) over the next century. Such a drop would exacerbate problems associated with sea […]

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Seattle Sets Sights on Green Infrastructure Target

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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Value of Water Coalition Unveils New Campaign and Toolkit

Anyone interested in educating themselves or others about the essential need to invest in U.S. water infrastructure and water resources can use the public awareness campaign and toolkit, What’s the Value of Water? The Value of Water Coalition and the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) released this toolkit in August. “These beautiful and functional educational […]

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