Archive | January, 2016

UK Improves Bathing Water Quality

In 2015, 97% of England’s bathing waters passed new, more stringent minimum standards set by the European Union. In total, 63.6% of bathing waters meet the new Excellent standard. The results are highlighted in a 2015 compliance report released on November 5, 2015. The UK’s bathing waters have continually improved since 1990 when just 27% […]

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All Ontario Source Water Protection Plans Now Approved

On Dec. 3, Ontario approved the final plan of 22 source water protection plans for the Canadian province. This last plan will take effect on July 1, 2016. Altogether, the plans will protect the sources of more than 450 municipal drinking water systems and cover 95% of the province’s population. Source protection plans are locally […]

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New Technologies Help the Environment Agency Prevent, Prepare, and Respond to Flooding

The UK Environment Agency has revealed its armory of flood prevention technologies including lasers, solar-powered cameras, a gadget-laden incident vehicle, and a new remote-controlled robot called Mr. Nosey. The Environment Agency is using Mr. Nosey to investigate causes of flooding that are out of reach, including blocked tunnels and underground culverts. Mr. Nosey fits into […]

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EPA Releases Small Lot Tool for Construction General Permit

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new tool to assist small residential lot builders in developing their required stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). Small Residential Lot SWPPP Template supports compliance with EPA’s Construction General Permit. All builders must seek Construction General Permit coverage for construction activity disturbing more than one acre. Permits […]

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WERF To Develop Integrated Planning Guide

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is developing a toolbox to help communities manage compliance with water quality regulations in a way that integrates multiple disciplines. The project, Users’ Guide for Integrated Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater (SIWM9R14), is led by Geosyntec Consultants with teammates from the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, Patricia McGovern Engineers, […]

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EPA Reports Aid Communities in Implementing Green Infrastructure and Reducing Aquatic Trash

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new reports in October 2015. The first is a synopsis of EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) findings, lessons learned, and guidance related to green infrastructure. The report, titled Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Control: Gauging Its Effectiveness with Community Partners, is the most comprehensive summary of […]

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Researchers Test Trees Effectiveness in Removing Nutrients from Urban Stormwater

Researchers at the University of Melbourne tested trees’ ability to remove nutrients from urban stormwater in a study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The researchers examined the ability of four different tree species commonly used to line Australian streets in a 13-month experiment. Species included red box, brush box, white bottlebrush, and […]

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Vermont Releases Draft Required Agricultural Practices for Improving Water Quality

On October 28, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) released draft required agricultural practices (RAPs). These rules would, for the first time, apply to small Vermont farms. The rules are intended to control and reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution and nutrient losses from farm fields to surface and groundwater. The goal is […]

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San Juan, Puerto Rico Agrees To Improve Storm Sewers

On October 26, 2015, the Municipality of San Juan agreed to make substantial upgrades to its storm sewer systems. The citywide upgrades and related cleaning activities will minimize daily discharges of untreated wastewater from San Juan’s storm sewers. The upgrades will help improve the water quality of the San Juan Bay Estuary, the Atlantic Ocean, […]

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National Academies Report Calls for Stormwater and Graywater Use Guidelines

In the face of drought and major water shortages, the U.S. increasingly is turning to alternative water sources like stormwater and graywater. However, guidelines and research on the risk of these water sources to public health and the environment are needed to support decisions for safe use, says a new report from the National Academies […]

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