China Announces Water Resource Protection Programs

Article Source: Stormwater Report On Jan. 14, China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced two programs intended to reduce nutrients and improve drinking water quality in the Yangtze River Delta near Shanghai. The first program focuses on the country’s largest man-made reservoir, Qiandao Reservoir in Zhejiang Province, and the upstream […]

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Federal Agencies Pledge $34 Million for Agriculture Conservation Efforts in Drought-Stricken California

Article Source at:  Stormwater Report California is in its worst drought in the state’s 160 years of recordkeeping, and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a Drought State of Emergency on Jan. 17. In response, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced funding for water delivery […]

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2013 a ‘watershed’ year for solar in Georgia

Article Source:  Atlanta Business Chronicle Author:  Dave Williams In little more than a year, solar energy in Georgia has gone from almost non-existent to a thriving industry, with exponential growth planned for the coming years. Georgia Power’s installed solar energy generating capacity has gone from 11 megawatts in 2012 to […]

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From the American Society of Civil Engineers:

The American Society of Civil Engineers has recently awarded the US Wastewater Infrastructure a grade of “D” – noting that capital investments of at least $298 billion are needed over the next twenty years.  The problems associated with aging wastewater treatment systems are daunting. To cite one example, Indianapolis’ antiquated sewage […]

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Federal-State Partners Launch Urban Middle Rio Grande Restoration and Stormwater Permit Pilot in New Mexico

Article Source: Stormwarter Report The Urban Waters Middle Rio Grande conservation initiative launched Dec. 11 with the objective of revitalizing the Rio Grande urban waterway near Albuquerque—one of the 11 locations announced in May as part of the Urban Waters Partnership. The initiative is a new federal-state partnership to improve […]

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Relabeling Extreme Rainfall Events To Improve Public Understanding

Article Source: Stormwarter Report Thomas M. Grisa, director of public works at the City of Brookfield, Wisconsin The 100-year rain storm is understood poorly by the public — this can lead to confusion or worse. Unlike rainfall events, natural disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes, are not rated using recurrence […]

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Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

Article Source: Washingtonpost.com It’s hard to argue against Elon Musk being one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our era, responsible for bringing to market such innovative companies as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. But it’s his role as chairman and primary shareholder in SolarCity — a solar energy company run by […]

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Residual Designated Authority – Friend or Foe to the Public Sector?

Article Source: Stormwarter Report Seth Brown, stormwater program and policy director at the Water Environment Federation Juli Beth Hinds, principal with Birchline Planning LLC Residual Designated Authority (RDA) may soon become well-known to the stormwater community. It is a little-known provision in the Clean Water Act [402 (p)(2)(E)] that provides a U.S. […]

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Program Expands

Article Source:  Stormwarter Report On Sept. 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay Trust announced the continuation and expansion of the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs (G3) Initiative. These groups have formed a strong federal-state-and-local partnership, and provided a joint investment of $3.4 […]

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Study Assesses Flood Risks in Cities Worldwide

Article Source: Stormwarter Report Damages caused by flooding could cost cities an annual $1 trillion worldwide if mitigation efforts are not taken, according to the article, “Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities,” in Nature: Climate Change. New Orleans, Boston, New York City, and two Florida cities (Miami and Tampa-St. Petersburg) […]

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