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Check it out: Canadian Product Evaluation Group Releases LID Cost Tool

The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a multi-agency initiative led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, evaluates products and practices to increase the implementation of sustainable technologies in Canada. The group recently released a low impact development (LID) costing tool. Data behind the tool is based on an assessment of capital and life cycle […]

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Check It Out: Garden Bridge Could Span Thames By 2016

London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick has created designs for a $93 million (£60 million) garden bridge. The pedestrian walkway would incorporate plantings from grasses to trees while spanning the Thames River from Covent Garden to the South Bank. “With its rich heritage of allotments, gardens, heathland, parks and squares, London is one of the greenest cities […]

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Check it Out: USDA Releases Water Quality Index

On April 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released a Web tool that can help farmers determine runoff quality on a 10-point ranking scale. The Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag) takes into account such factors as nutrient management, soil type, conservation practices, and slope. Farmers can use the tool […]

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Registration Opens for WEF’s Inaugural Stormwater Congress

“I’m really excited about the first-ever Stormwater Congress at WEFTEC 2013. The Congress will build on the success of last year’s inaugural Stormwater Symposium. The event further demonstrates WEF’s commitment to the growing stormwater management market and its importance to WEF’s mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.”  – Larry Jaworski, co-chair of […]

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Check it Out: Saving Streams With Rain Gardens

StormwaterPA and GreenTreks Network recently released a new video, Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time. The video is set in Ambler, Pa., which is immediately upstream from Philadelphia and in the Wisshickon watershed. During the next several years, the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council is encouraging homeowners to plant 100 rain gardens. The […]

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Check it Out! Smart Sponge Technology To Remove Bacteria From Stormwater

On Feb. 13, Abtech Holdings Inc. announced it will begin a stormwater disinfection project this quarter at a beach area along the Great Lakes. The beach suffers high levels of fecal coliforms from sewers and wild-animal waste. The project, partially funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), involves the use of the company’s Smart […]

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Check It Out! Swelling Glass Helps Capture Stormwater Pollutants

The College of Wooster plans to create a zero stormwater discharge campus using rain gardens filled with a nanoengineered absorbent glass. The campus is already home to two rain gardens, built in 2011 as part of a U.S. National Science Foundation control study to determine the glass’ effectiveness. According to the study, the glass, known […]

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Check it Out! EPA Modeling Tools for TMDLs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Hydrological Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF) model simulates watershed hydrology and the movement of pollutants over pervious and impervious land, as well as instream channels. The accuracy of modeling channel hydraulics is important for proper total maximum daily load estimation. Therefore, EPA created best management practice tools for the model, which […]

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Check it Out: MIT Green Infrastructure Survey

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) is calling on stormwater management professionals, designers, engineers, and contractors to complete a 10-minute Green Infrastructure Survey.  This survey will inform a study of job and economic development opportunities in green infrastructure.  Cities and stormwater authorities increasingly recognize that investments in green infrastructure can […]

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Check it Out! Stormwater Pump Station Disguised as House

A Tampa, Fla., stormwater pump station designed to alleviate neighborhood flooding has been disguised as a house. The fake home will come complete with driveways and porches in the front and back, landscaping, a fence, and even a chimney. The 111-m2 (1200-ft2) “home” will have a bathroom and rooms for electrical equipment and a generator. […]

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