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German Researchers Measure Rainfall by Studying Radio Waves

Conventional approaches to studying rainfall patterns across both large distances and long timeframes suffer from a Goldilocks problem. For example, while a rain gauge may provide comprehensive precipitation data for a specific point on a near-constant basis, accurately capturing the variable nature of rainfall across a watershed may require researchers to deploy too many gauges […]

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$4.6 Billion Plan Aims to Limit Storm Surge Risks in South Florida

The “Great Miami Hurricane” struck South Florida in 1926, creating intense wind gusts as fast as 240 km/h (150 mph). High winds carried huge volumes of rain and ocean water inland, leading to water levels as high as 4 m (12 ft) in downtown Miami. The historic storm caused nearly 250 deaths and more than […]

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WEF Stormwater Experts Offer Feedback on 2020 Industrial Stormwater Permit

Although specific protocols for manufacturing, processing, and storage may vary dramatically across industrial facilities in different sectors, human and environmental health require all industrial facilities to keep toxic chemicals and other contaminants out of stormwater runoff. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) helps these facilities manage their discharges by providing specific […]

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WEF Helps EPA Select Eighth-Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners

At U.S. colleges and universities, tomorrow’s stormwater professionals continue to demonstrate how green infrastructure (GI) can protect water quality and mitigate flooding while improving local property values and quality of life. In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its eighth-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, which tasks teams of college students with […]

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Citizen Scientists Rescue Centuries of U.K. Rainfall Data

This winter, the United Kingdom weathered its rainiest February in at least 150 years of records kept by the U.K. Meteorological Office (Met Office). According to the Met Office, only four months from 1862 until today had higher monthly rainfall totals than February 2020. Comparing U.K. precipitation data across centuries was, until recently, a painstaking […]

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Sweet Insight: App Helps Farmers Save Great Barrier Reef

One of the greatest threats to the health of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral system spanning more than 337,000 km2 (130,000 mi2), is the appetite of a reef-eating starfish measuring roughly 30 cm (12 in.) in length. Although the crown-of-thorns starfish is native to the Great Barrier Reef, it responds similarly to […]

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Archaeologists explore ancient stormwater tunnels beneath Pompeii

In southern Italy, the pristinely preserved remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have mystified historians and archaeologists since they were rediscovered nearly 300 years ago. Ongoing expeditions continue to reveal new details about the city and its people, believed to have been decimated by the sudden eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius around 79 […]

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Words on Water podcast highlights stormwater awareness and workforce issues

Two recent podcast episodes detail how Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) stormwater programs are contributing to greater awareness of the stormwater sector’s investment needs and helping to bolster its workforce. The Words on Water podcast, created and hosted by WEF Communications Director Travis Loop, offers listeners firsthand perspectives from the professionals leading positive change […]

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New York City wetland project balances economy, ecology

In today’s urban development landscape, striking a balance between economic prosperity and environmental stewardship is increasingly difficult. If property developers fill wetlands and other natural landforms that accept stormwater runoff, provide habitat for wildlife, and control erosion, the result is often increased flooding and decreased biodiversity. On the other hand, development can stagnate if local […]

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National Green Infrastructure Certification Program goes international

Since the program launched in 2016, more than 500 U.S. professionals have now received credentials as graduates of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). NGICP provides entry-level workers with the skills to construct, inspect, and maintain green stormwater infrastructure according to international best-practice standards. The program, developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, […]

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