Virginia foundation will research cost-effective storm water management options
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1.95 million grant for the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) of Alexandria, Va., to develop tools to will help communities nationwide choose the best ways to control storm water runoff.Image: EPA Awards WERF.jpg Publication Date: May 13, 2016
Improvements in corn production correlate to lower nitrate levels
The nitrate discharge levels in the Illinois River from 2010 to 2014 were 10% lower than levels recorded in the 1980s and early 1990s.
A study from the University of Illinois suggests the change in nitrate levels may be due to more efficient farming practices as farmers. The study tracked crop yields, fertilizer sales and livestock numbers for the corresponding time periods to calculate residual agricultural nitrogen.Image: Illinois River 0.jpg Publication Date: May 13, 2016
Handful of low impact developments improves area’s water quality, reduces beach closures
Urban runoff and wildlife waste contributed to high levels of bacteria at Rhode Island’s Bristol Town Beach. But series of restoration measures has improved the area’s water quality.
The beach experienced a large number of closures before solutions were implemented. Pollution sources also contributed to elevated bacteria levels resulting in shellfish closures in Upper Narragansett Bay. The pathogen impairment of Upper Narragansett Bay was first listed as impaired for shellfishing by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on its 1998 Clean Water Act list.Image: RI Bristol Beach crop.jpg Publication Date: May 12, 2016
Study links high bacteria and low oxygen in coastal water sheds to four-year drought
The on-going four-year drought in California has negatively impacted inland water sources, where low levels of oxygen and high levels of bacteria have been detected.
According to a report from San Diego Coastkeeper, nine of 11 coastal watersheds in 2015 rated as fair, marginal or poor following water sample testing. Those scores fell in line with scores of 2014 samples.Image: SDC Drough Report.jpg Publication Date: May 12, 2016
Partnership of more than 20 major institutions supports global decision-making
The New Climate Economy, along with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the WRI Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, launched the Coalition for Urban Transitions, a major international initiative to make an economic case for better urban development, globally.Image: Global Coalition.jpg Publication Date: May 11, 2016
Partnership promotes payment options for treatment, infrastructure and new technology
The Illinois Section of the American Water Works Assn. (ISAWWA) and SplashLink.com, an online marketplace built exclusively for the water industry, announced a new partnership to bring members of ISAWWA unprecedented access to funding and project opportunities from all over the U.S. and Canada.
“Our mission is to serve as a total water resource for our members,” said Laurie Dougherty, executive director of ISAWWA, “We have never before encountered a service like SplashLink.com, which can do so much to help us achieve that goal.”Image: SplashLink.jpg Company Reference: American Water Works Association Publication Date: May 11, 2016
Brookside Agra launches bacteria blend to curb sludge and scum buildup
Brookside Agra has developed a high-performance, non-chemical and natural product called RemediPro to safely degrade sludge build-up and improve water clarity in closed and slow-flow water systems such as ponds and lagoons.
Utilizing a proprietary, five-strain bacteria blend, the solution naturally reduces organic levels of scum, sludge, fats, oils and grease that can threaten good water quality and aquatic life in water retention and collection areas, lakes, ponds, animal manure pits, water gardens, fish farms and hatcheries.Image: Product Removes Sludge.jpg Publication Date: May 10, 2016
More than 800,000, acres selected through highly competitive applications rounds
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the program's 49th sign up period. Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and strengthen wildlife habitat.Image: USDA CRP Info.jpg Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Month designated Puget Sound Starts Here Month
Storm water—the rain that runs off roofs, pavement and other impervious surfaces—washes more untreated pollution down storm drains and into Puget Sound every year than any other pollution source.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee officially declared May Puget Sound Starts Here Month to draw attention to the sources of storm water pollution and to how everyone can do their part to help protect water quality in the Puget Sound region.Image: Puget Sound.jpg Publication Date: May 09, 2016
Six to be completed in 2016 for $12 million; remaining three to be finished in 2017
Looking to complete nine storm water projects, Elmhurst will seek $25 million in municipal bonds to pay for the work, according to a Chicago Tribune report.Image: Elmhurst.jpg Publication Date: May 09, 2016
City uses liquidated damages provision to dock contractor pay
Untimely completion of storm water lift stations has Waterloo, Iowa officials seeking damages, according to a report from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.
The Courier’s port notes Waterloo City Council approved a nearly $59,000 additional expense due to delays in finishing four lift stations. The expense is for additional engineering work.Image: Waterloo lift stations.jpg Publication Date: May 06, 2016
Pesticides and petroleum additives detected in nearby creek in Houston
According to a report from KLBJ News Radio, runoff from water used to fight a warehouse complex fire in Houston contained pesticides and petroleum additives.
Environmental contractors managed to contain the petroleum, but due to the water-soluble nature of the pesticides, the water may have still been contaminated.Image: Firefight contamination.jpg Publication Date: May 06, 2016
Steps provide capital improvement guidance and green infrastructure incentives
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a sponsor of research supporting the water community, announced two new projects providing guidance on capital improvement project (CIP) delivery methods for drinking water and wastewater utilities and incentives for green infrastructure on private property for combined sewer and storm water utilities, storm water program managers and city planners.Image: WRF Launches New Projects.jpg Publication Date: May 05, 2016
Funding is part of EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded $1.5 million to two New York colleges and one state agency to address invasive species in the Great Lakes. These grants are among 31 grants awarded this year through the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.Image: View of Kingston on Lake Ontario Publication Date: May 05, 2016
Chicago water district officials form relationships with legislators in flood prevention efforts
Earlier this month, Commissioners with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) descended on the state capitol to talk new strategies and partnerships in the pursuit of improved stormwater management and anti-flooding initiatives.Image: MWRD officials meet with Illinois Sen. President John Cullerton in Springfield, Ill. Publication Date: May 04, 2016
Funding will be used for water infrastructure research in the Colorado & Virginia
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $3.9 million in funding to two institutions to research innovative, cost-effective technologies to manage storm water runoff and combined sewer overflows.Image: Colorado EPA grants.jpg Publication Date: May 04, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
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New Jersey middle school club crafts exhibit to relay education to public
Middle school students in Hanover, N.J. completed a rain garden project in March, which was then put on display at the Multi-Purpose Community Center, according to a report from New Jersey Hills.
The display featured information about the effect rain gardens can have on storm water runoff, particularly how some plants can absorb rainwater and reduce pollution that often makes its way into waterways.Image: Rainwater Gardens.jpg Publication Date: May 03, 2016
More that $200 million issued for projects in New Jersey, New York and U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allotted $187,379,000 to the State of New York to help finance improvements to water projects essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater systems and drinking water systems throughout the state.Image: EPA Money.jpg Publication Date: May 03, 2016
Research may provide insight to mitigate contamination from groundwater
A recent scientific study shows new, important information about how groundwater can both contribute nutrients such as nitrogen to lakes, and can also carry it away. Nitrogen is an important nutrient but harmful when over-supplied.Image: USGS Study.JPG Publication Date: May 02, 2016
Award will be presented at the Public Works Expo in Minneapolis Aug. 29
Engineers, contractors and miners preparing the Thornton Composite Reservoir might want to return to their designs and allow room for a trophy cabinet. Built to hold 7.9 billion gal of water, it is the world's largest combined sewer reservoir. It eliminates pollution from local waterways and saves the area from flooding. For the fourth time in a little more than a month, the creators of the reservoir have received an award.Image: MWRD reservoir award.jpg Company Reference: American Public Works Association Publication Date: May 02, 2016