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Vancouver, Wash., to receive $7 million from state for stormwater improvements

The City of Vancouver, Wash., is in an important spot for water quality in the Pacific Northwest. The 21-km-long (13-mi-long) Burnt Bridge Creek meanders through the city center, flowing west into Vancouver Lake. The lake, in turn, drains into the Columbia River and, eventually, the Pacific Ocean. For this reason, the city takes great care […]

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Denmark demonstrates footprint-free stormwater treatment method

The Danish island of Amager, located just east of Copenhagen, is the testing ground for an innovative stormwater treatment technology called dual porosity filtration (DPF). Early results from a demonstration DPF facility recently constructed on the island’s water-conscious Ørestad district have proven the technology’s ability to treat up to 110 L (30 gal) of urban, […]

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Report lays out challenges and opportunities for water quality trading programs

Compared to similar market-based environmental programs that aim to address climate change or protect endangered wildlife, participation in water quality trading (WQT) programs has remained low in the U.S. for decades. According to a recent report, Breaking Down Barriers: Priority Actions for Advancing Water Quality Trading, a major reason why potential buyers and sellers hesitate […]

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MS4 survey results executive summary released at WEFTEC

Earlier this year, WEF’s Stormwater Institute (SWI) conducted the National Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Needs Assessment Survey. The primary objectives of this survey were to identify the information and technical resource needs of MS4 permittees and to better understand MS4 stormwater program challenges. Additionally, some of the information collected from the survey will […]

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Modified sand treats stormwater, protects groundwater

A research team from the University of California–Berkeley (UCB) is exploring how alternative water sources, such as stormwater, could be repurposed to help keep aquifers brimming. Joseph Charbonnet, a UCB graduate student and the lead author of a study that recently appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, claims that a new treatment medium […]

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Steel chips purge nearly 99% of E. coli bacteria from runoff in lab tests

In the watershed of the Big Sioux River, a 675-km-long (420-mi-long) tributary of the Mississippi, the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources reports that nearly all streams exceed regulatory limits for Escherichia coli bacteria. After a summer storm, runoff drives E. coli levels in some streams to reach as high as 2000 colony-forming […]

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RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge now open for submissions

If you have innovative, out-of-the-box water management solutions, consider participating in the RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. This challenge seeks innovative products and approaches around five resilience topic areas, including water management. The approaches must be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia. The challenge’s water management topic area calls for cost-effective management […]

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New Orleans keeps Mardi Gras beads out of storm drains with new initiatives

Last summer, heavy rains fell on New Orleans and caused widespread street flooding. These floods prompted Mayor Mitch Landrieu to launch a $26 million plan to, among other resilience measures, assess and rehabilitate thousands of the city’s street-side catch basins. In the months that followed, work crews unblocked more than 15,000 clogged catch basins, recovering […]

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Ambitious partnership sets goal to plant 10 billion water-cleaning oysters in Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (COA), a new coalition of non-profit groups, corporations, and universities in Virginia and Maryland, are working together to achieve a lofty goal: introduce 10 billion new oysters into the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. As oyster larvae grow, their shells accumulate algae and sediment from their surroundings. According to the Chesapeake Bay […]

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U.S. EPA to change rule-making process for wastewater blending

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April that it will work with states, municipalities, and subject-matter experts to set public health and safety standards for wastewater blending. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) will provide EPA with guidance and comments during the rule-making process. Wastewater blending is a procedure that water resource […]

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