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Houston, Texas, considers massive underground stormwater tunnel project

Although downtown Houston, Texas, sits only about 15 m (50 ft) above sea level, enough room exists underground to build a massive tunnel system for stormwater conveyance, according to the preliminary results of a Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) inquiry. The conveyance system would span about 16 km (10 mi) and consist of tunnels […]

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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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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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WEF Announces Fifth Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2019

Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Sept. 23. These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements. Developed and introduced in 2015 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental […]

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Memorial Park Golf Course focuses on stormwater ahead of 2020 Houston Open

Despite the event’s name, the annual Houston Open professional golf tournament has not been held within Houston city limits since 1972. That will change in October 2020, when the tournament returns to the 243-ha (600-ac) Memorial Park Golf Course located in downtown Houston. To prepare for the Open, the course is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation […]

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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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Not your father’s 100-year storms

Study claims stormwater infrastructure design standards fail to keep pace with today’s precipitation Stormwater management regulations have come a long way since U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972. Back then, stormwater dischargers were largely exempt from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed specific regulations […]

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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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