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USGS Updates SPARROW Streamflow Modeling Tool

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released new interactive mappers and models for its online SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) tool. The new models estimate streamflow and the concurrent yields of total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and suspended sediment in both monitored and unmonitored inland stream reaches across the country as they feed into […]

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Participate in 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey by May 31

Time is running out for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees in the U.S. to contribute to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Virginia) Stormwater Institute’s 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey. The survey — updated every two years — aims to identify common challenges and needs among the diverse array of U.S. stormwater managers. […]

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Nominations now open for 2020 WEF MS4 Awards

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is now accepting applications for the sixth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program. Phase I and Phase II municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit holders are invited to submit a nomination by May 4, 2020. The National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards program, developed and introduced in […]

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Researchers sound alarm about storm effects on lake ecology

In a new study published in the journal Global Change Biology, a team of researchers from 20 countries highlight a gap in scientific knowledge about how stormwater might affect phytoplankton growth and the health of lakes and similar freshwater bodies. Because climatologists expect climate change to cause more intense and frequent storm events, the global […]

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Share your stormwater successes at the WEFTEC 2020 Stormwater Pavilion

Innovation in stormwater management never stops. From small towns to big cities worldwide, stormwater professionals like you continue to make groundbreaking advances. To reap the full rewards from new stormwater management products, practices, and public outreach approaches, share your wins with other stormwater professionals. The Stormwater Pavilion Theater on the WEFTEC 2020 exhibition floor will […]

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Less snowpack may mean greater floods in western U.S.

In several mountainous and high-latitude regions, one of the major consequences of climate change means that more winter precipitation falls as rain than as snow. The downtick in snowfall and uptick in rainfall is particularly impactful in much of the western U.S., where melting winter mountain snowpack makes a crucial difference for water supplies in […]

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Study: Urbanites value green infrastructure benefits

Because green infrastructure is decentralized by nature, infrastructure managers often depend on participation from community members to ensure these systems can successfully mitigate flooding and provide sought-after co-benefits. This could entail volunteering time and labor to help maintain neighborhood green infrastructure projects or contributing funding to support upkeep activities. According to a new study from […]

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CANCELED: 2020 National Water Policy Fly-In to focus on stormwater management issues

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION. On April 27 and 28, 2020, water professionals and clean-water advocates from around the U.S. will convene in Washington, D.C., to make their voices heard during the annual Water Policy Fly-In. The event, organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), […]

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What Are Your MS4 Needs?

Take the WEF Stormwater Institute’s 2020 MS4 Needs Assessment Survey In the U.S., municipal stormwater management regulations vary greatly. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moderates the stormwater discharges of more than 7,500 communities through its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program, cities, states, and tribes largely determine the specific approaches and treatment […]

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Phoenix, Ariz., hosts inaugural Stormwater Awareness Week

During the last week of January, the importance of individual contributions to stormwater management took center stage in Phoenix, Ariz., as messages urging locals to avoid littering, to properly dispose of hazardous chemicals, and to clean up after their pets were posted throughout the city. The messaging was part of the City of Phoenix Water […]

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