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Report: Green Infrastructure Helps Preserve Access to Transportation

Green infrastructure can help improve flood resilience in low-income communities at typically lower costs than conventional pipes and pumps, but it is not the best fit for every neighborhood. It is the job of stormwater and transportation professionals to identify specific areas where implementing green infrastructure can make a crucial difference for public safety and […]

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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Offers $500K for New Streamflow Forecasting Methods

Predicting how runoff from heavy storms will affect the amount of water flowing through streams, rivers, and other surface waters is critically important for stormwater professionals and watershed managers. Accurate streamflow forecasting helps the water sector prepare for flood events, develop water supply plans, design infrastructure that suits the unique hydrological conditions of its surroundings, […]

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EPA Seeks Feedback on Major Update to Financial Capability Assessment

Among the greatest challenges for stormwater management organizations is their need to finance new infrastructure to comply with Clean Water Act requirements while also keeping service fees on ratepayers reasonable. Lacking a robust understanding of their community’s financial capability, or their ability to pay stormwater fees and other utility related bills without causing undue financial […]

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WEF Stormwater Institute Honors Outstanding MS4 Permittees

Recognizing extraordinary efforts to protect local health and safety, detect and eliminate environmental hazards, and build support for stormwater management through extensive public outreach, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Institute recently announced winners of its 2020 National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards. The awards program, developed in partnership with the U.S. […]

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New Outreach Campaign Promotes Green Infrastructure in Public Parks

During the last few decades, the concept of green infrastructure (GI) has risen to prominence in the stormwater management sector. Driving the trend are countless researchers, practitioners, and advocates who demonstrate GI’s potential to meet multiple community goals at typically lower costs than traditional approaches to flood control. However, institutionalizing GI as a standard component […]

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Hurricane Hanna Hampers Annual Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Survey

The crew of the R/V Pelican, which serves as the flagship research vessel for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), set off on its annual voyage into the Gulf of Mexico on July 25 to measure the size of this year’s summer dead zone. Based on predictions made by the team in June that considered […]

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New Online Resource Centralizes MS4 Knowledge

Meeting permit requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program is often a complex process. To maintain compliance, MS4 permittees must not only fund and operate effective stormwater infrastructure, but also perform public outreach and year-round environmental monitoring. While information exists online to help guide success in […]

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Salt Marshes and Seawalls Work Together to Minimize Flood Damages

Salt marshes — coastal wetlands common to northern parts of the globe that flood and drain with the movement of ocean tides — are prized for their ability to protect coastal communities by shrinking and slowing ocean waves. However, according to a recently published study, contemporary and historical data underscore an even more important function […]

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Redesigned Parking Lots Showcase Green Infrastructure, Protect Chesapeake Bay

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF; Annapolis, Maryland), stormwater runoff is the only major source of pollution still on the rise in the 166,000-km2 (64,000-mi2) Chesapeake Bay watershed. As development continues across the six U.S. states touched by bay tributaries, runoff from paved, urban centers annually contributes immense amounts of nutrients, heavy metals, and […]

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Increasing Dependence on Mountain Meltwater Could Threaten Lowland Agriculture

California’s Central Valley generates an estimated $17 billion in crop sales each year while occupying less than 1% of farmland in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In many southern stretches of the Central Valley, as much as 50% of water currently used for agricultural irrigation originates from the Sierra Nevada mountains, […]

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