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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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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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New WEF publication offers guidance on modeling tools and capabilities

Selecting the best-suited model to support stormwater projects can be complicated. Today’s water quality managers must not only be able to predict peak flow rates, runoff volumes, and receiving water quality, they must also navigate stringent regulatory requirements and varying levels of resources. The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) newest publication, Stormwater, Watershed, and […]

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Survey reveals stormwater sector’s approaches, challenges

During WEFTEC 2019, more than 100 stormwater professionals attended Session No. 105: State and Future of Stormwater. The interactive, 90-minute session covered evolving stormwater regulations, ways to enhance collaboration across agencies and governments, and tips to help maximize the effectiveness of stormwater infrastructure. The session also offered an opportunity to survey the leaders driving innovation […]

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CANCELED: Attend the 2020 National Stormwater Symposium

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. PLEASE VISIT WEF.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. Leading-edge stormwater professionals from around the world will attend the 2020 National Stormwater Symposium, now only weeks away. The symposium, offering three interactive workshops, two eye-opening tours, and 17 informative technical sessions, is a one-stop-shop for stormwater professionals to explore the new trends and […]

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Words on Water podcast highlights stormwater awareness and workforce issues

Two recent podcast episodes detail how Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) stormwater programs are contributing to greater awareness of the stormwater sector’s investment needs and helping to bolster its workforce. The Words on Water podcast, created and hosted by WEF Communications Director Travis Loop, offers listeners firsthand perspectives from the professionals leading positive change […]

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Maryland partners with Opti and Walmart on ‘smart pond’ trials

With next-generation technology appearing in more and more parts of water resource recovery facilities, a new partnership in Maryland is considering an interesting question: Can implementing technology directly in retention ponds and other control features lead to more effective stormwater management? Making retention ponds smarter Typical stormwater retention ponds accept large volumes of water during […]

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USGS: Urbanization threatens biodiversity in southeastern U.S. streams

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released the results of a new study highlighting a looming threat to vulnerable marine life in the coming decades: urbanization. In the Piedmont region, which stretches from southern New York to central Alabama, the urban coverage of cities such as Washington, D.C., and Atlanta is expected to nearly triple […]

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What you need to know about starting a stormwater credit trading program

A new resource from Stormwater Currency guides trading-minded municipalities Just as municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittees and others subject to stormwater regulations seek out the cheapest and easiest ways to achieve compliance, regulatory agencies have a vested interest in making compliance simpler without sacrificing environmental benefits. In a growing number of U.S. cities, […]

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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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