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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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Stormwater and stream restoration agencies achieve more by working together, study finds

To help curb the effects of urban runoff on streambank erosion, the question municipalities must confront is whether to reduce flows or toughen channel banks. The best answer, according to Rod Lammers, lead author of a new University of Georgia (Athens) research article exploring ways to optimize erosion control, is both. The challenge is getting […]

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Louisiana to receive $1.2 billion federal grant for flood projects

When Hurricane Katrina tore across Louisiana in 2005, decimating wide swaths of New Orleans, the region’s vulnerability to flooding from severe storms became a cautionary tale for municipalities around the world. In the years since, local, state, and federal governments have spent more than $20 billion surrounding the city with updated flood control measures, explored […]

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Enter the 8th annual EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

The deadline to register for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2019 Campus RainWorks Challenge is Oct. 15. Following the registration deadline, participating teams have until Dec. 17 to submit their complete entries. The challenge is open to colleges and universities across the U.S. and its territories, and registration is free. Now in its eighth […]

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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 Northern 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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