Archive | October, 2015

Online Tool Helps Fuel Water Sector Collaboration and Research

The Water Council — a hub for water sector innovation in Milwaukee, Wis. — launched the Global Water Port. The port is an online research and collaboration tool that was developed to enhance connectivity within the water technology sector and among those interested in finding solutions to water-related challenges. Launched at WEFTEC, the Water Environment […]

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USGS Releases Pesticide Mapping Tool

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the United States. The tool enables users to identify which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life. The predictions also can be used […]

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Partnership Brings Big Data Solutions to Groundwater Issues

On Sept. 29, Qlik, a visual analytics company based in Randor, Penn., announced a multi-year Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action that will address water availability and quality issues across the globe. For the first time, policy makers, corporations, and the public will be able to access and visualize scientific and technical groundwater information in […]

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EEA Report Shows Water-Retention Potential of European Forests

Forests cover one third of European territory, and approximately 296 million Europeans live in or close to forests. On Sept. 24, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a new report that provides an overview of the water-retention potential of European forests. Water retention by forests affects the amount and timing of the water delivered to […]

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Researchers Study Stormwater Solutions for Semiarid Regions

In an effort that could serve as a template for semiarid regions across the world, researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma, and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. Research focuses on finding stormwater recovery technologies that are suited to the episodic downpours […]

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UMass Amherst Researchers Offer National Flood and Runoff Assessment

On Sept. 18, University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst researchers published a multi-factor analysis of climate- and land-cover-effects on watersheds across the United States. The study quantifies the connections between land use and the climatic variables of temperature and precipitation on runoff and flooding within watersheds at a larger scale than was previously available. Published […]

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Court Issues Nationwide Stay on Clean Water Rule

On Oct. 9, following an injunction blocking the enforcement of the Clean Water Rule in 13 states, the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay on the rule. Finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June, the Clean Water Rule is intended to […]

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England Introduces Plastic Bag Charge

In 2014, major supermarkets in England provided customers with 7.64 billion single-use plastic bags. On Oct. 5, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) announced a 5p charge for single-use plastic bags. The charge is expected to significantly reduce the number of plastic bags taken from shops. The new law applies to all […]

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City Digital Projects Seek to Improve Green and Underground Infrastructure Management

On Sept. 14, City Digital — a Chicago-based consortium focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment — launched two pilot programs focused on smart, green infrastructure monitoring and underground infrastructure mapping. The inaugural pilot programs are supported by founding members of the City Digital consortium, including Microsoft, Accenture, ComEd, Siemens, and HBK Engineering. […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Sewer District in Stormwater Fee Case

On Sept. 15, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is authorized to manage stormwater and can impose a fee for that purpose. “This is a great victory for the region,” said Darnell Brown, NEORSD’s Board of Trustees president. “Stormwater is causing damage and inter-community flooding problems, and we […]

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