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WEF Announces 2015 StormTV Project Winners

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) today announced the winners of its fourth annual stormwater video competition. The 2015 StormTV Project received almost 150 submissions and more international submissions than any year prior. More than 35 expert judges reviewed the submissions and selected winners based on message communication and quality as well as content matter and […]

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UK Retailers Commit to Phase Out Microbeads

On June 8, World Oceans Day, the conservation group Fauna & Flora International announced commitments by nearly all of Britain’s major retailers to phase out microbeads from their cosmetic and beauty products. This is the first comprehensive and accurate list of all the commitments made by UK manufacturers and retailers, and shows that industry is […]

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Metro Water District Announces Winners of High School Stormwater Video Contest

On May 7, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced the winners of a student video competition to develop water-focused public service announcements (PSA). For the second year, Metro Water District asked high school students from the Atlanta area to create PSAs calling attention to ways residents might improve water quality. […]

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California Adopts Statewide Litter Objective

On April 8, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a statewide water quality objective aimed at reducing the amount of trash that finds its way into rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Trash discarded on land frequently ends up in waterways and the ocean when rain washes it into gutters and storm drains that flow […]

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Duke Energy Pleads Guilty to Clean Water Act Crimes

On May 14, Duke Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts related to unpermitted discharges and maintenance issues at five North Carolina coal ash storage facilities. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina also approved a $102 million plea agreement to resolve criminal charges against Duke Energy. It involves $68.2 […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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Colorado and New Jersey Ban Microbeads

On March 26, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law H.B. 1144, a bill phasing in the prohibition of microbeads between Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2020. The law will ban the production, sale, manufacture, and promotion of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Microbeads are typically made of polyethylene or polypropylene and […]

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Solving Slick Roads and Salty Streams

The use of road salt and other deicers for highway maintenance became widespread during the 1960s. And while salting allows for safer winter travel, sustained economic productivity, continued emergency services, and other benefits, salt has been silently accumulating in the environment ever since, threatening drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems. According to a U.S. Geological […]

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New Study Quantifies Amount of Plastic in World Oceans

On Dec. 10, 5 Gyres Institute published a new report in the journal PLOS ONE that is the first global estimate of plastic pollution — both micro- and macroplastic. The study culminates over six years and 50,000 nautical miles of pelagic plastics research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, according to the […]

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EPA, States and Automotive Industry To Reduce Copper in Motor Vehicle Brake Pads

On Jan. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, automotive industry representatives, and the Environmental Council of the States signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5% by 2021 and to 0.5% […]

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