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Researchers find floods one image at a time with new monitoring network

Flooding costs billions of dollars in damage annually in the U.S. alone, but finding reliable ways to determine when flooding occurs, predicting the intensity of that flooding, and communicating warnings to the public remains a challenge. Researchers at North Arizona University (NAU; Flagstaff) have launched an ambitious project aimed at making floods easier to track. […]

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Re-engineered permeable concrete can help cool sweltering urban summers

Anyone who’s ever lived in a city is probably more familiar than they’d like to be with the urban heat island effect, which causes cities to become significantly hotter than their natural surroundings. The effect has many causes, but one big contributor is impermeable concrete. In many cities, impermeable concrete covers more than 30% of […]

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WEF National Stormwater Symposium 2020: Call for abstracts now open

The Water Environment Federation Stormwater Institute (SWI) in cooperation with the Ohio Water Environment Association and Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky is now soliciting submissions for abstracts, workshop proposals, and session proposals for the National Stormwater Symposium 2020, to be held March 15-17 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This symposium focuses on excellence in sustainable stormwater management and is designed […]

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Penn State plots new course for on-campus green infrastructure

It’s easy to make small, incremental changes. In the world of stormwater, that might mean installing a rain garden or green roof. And while the little changes can help, it’s the big plans that make the most significant differences. That’s what Hong Wu, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Pennsylvania State University (PSU; State College) […]

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Water Environment Federation receives Power of A Award for NGICP workforce program

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program lauded as ‘workforce development tool’  The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has earned a 2019 Power of A Summit Award for its National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), which certifies entry level workers to construct, inspect and maintain green infrastructure. Given by the American Society of Association Executives, the Power of A(ssociation) […]

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Chesapeake Bay grasses unfazed after record-breaking precipitation

In 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP; Annapolis, Md.) recorded 42,448 ha (104,893 ac) of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, marking the first year the bay’s SAV surpassed 100,000 acres since CBP began conducting annual surveys in 1984. Results from CBP’s 2018 investigation, published in July, suggest that Chesapeake […]

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San Antonio invests $2.6 million in new Edwards Aquifer protection efforts

In June, the City of San Antonio awarded $2.6 million to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to support three stormwater management projects over the next 3 years, according to a UTSA release. Each project protects the Edwards Aquifer by lowering risks of runoff contamination. Lying beneath south-central Texas, the massive, […]

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Study: Green infrastructure can spread disease when poorly planned

Green infrastructure designs that fail to consider the effects of the installation’s placement or the types of wildlife it may attract can increase risks of spreading serious diseases, according to research published in the journal, Ecology and Epidemiology. “There seems to be a prevailing assumption among the general public that everything that is nature – […]

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Permeable pavement guide helps practitioners avoid pitfalls

To take full advantage of permeable pavement, a green alternative to traditional concrete or asphalt pavers that collect and filter stormwater runoff, infrastructure planners must take many site-specific factors into account. A new guide to permeable pavements written by researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF–IFAS; Gainesville) helps developers, […]

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USGS estimates impervious parking lot coverage for all 3,109 U.S. counties

According to automotive industry analysts with Hedges & Co. (Hudson, Ohio), there were more than 275 million registered motor vehicles in the U.S. in 2018. Accommodating that number of vehicles requires an enormous network of parking lots, the vast majority of which are made of impervious pavement that rainwater cannot infiltrate. Until now, researchers have […]

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