Archive | November, 2015

New York City Launches Campaign To Reduce Litter, Improve Waterways

On Nov. 9, New York City announced a new public information campaign aimed at reducing consumer waste and street litter. The campaign is expected to improve the health and aesthetics of local waterways and will help the city comply with its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Each year, New York City generates more than […]

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NOAA Releases Living Shorelines Guidance

On Oct. 28, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines. The agency encourages the use of living shorelines to protect sheltered coasts — those not exposed to open ocean wave energy — from intense storms, erosion, and sea level rise. Living shorelines include a range of shoreline […]

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CIRIA Releases New SuDS Manual

On Nov. 12, CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, launched sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) guidance. The updated SuDS Manual (C753) covers the cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of SuDS. The updated SuDS Manual is collaboratively funded and is free to download from the CIRIA website. Earlier this year, the Secretary […]

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Mussels Track Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound

In late October, volunteers deployed Penn Cove mussels in 73 locations to evaluate the health of nearshore Puget Sound environments. The mussels will help track what contaminants are present in runoff over Washington State’s rainy fall and winter seasons. They also will help researchers determine how well stormwater management efforts are working. Mussels do not […]

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SuDS Plans Unfold in London

On Oct. 29, London Mayor Boris Johnson, in partnership with Thames Water, the Environment Agency, and London Councils, published the first London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan. The draft plan is open for public consultation until Jan. 15. According to a press release announcing the plan, London has lost 17% of permeable surfaces in the last […]

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WEF Announces Chris French as Director of Stormwater Programs

On Nov. 16, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Chris French has joined the organization as its new director of stormwater programs. French will use his more than fifteen years of water sector experience to expand this core competency area for WEF. He will guide the efforts of the WEF Stormwater Institute, a recently […]

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Evolving Green Infrastructure Through Asset Management

DC Water is developing a robust asset management program with an adaptive framework to plan proactively for green infrastructure maintenance.

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