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
Six-day event addresses maintenance crises & infrastructure investment
The Value of Water Coalition announced it will play a leading role in Infrastructure Week 2016 May 16 through May 23.Image: Infrastructure Week.jpg Publication Date: April 29, 2016
Act takes steps towards water infrastructure investment and policy updates
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) with a bipartisan vote of 19-1.
The legislation provides investment in water infrastructure and includes support for water reuse. It was introduced in the Senate April 26 by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), committee chair, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking committee member. It received praise from the National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).Image: WRDA passes commitee.jpg Company Reference: WateReuse Association Publication Date: April 29, 2016
Video features information about storm water runoff to The Beach Boys “Catch a Wave”
Everything flows over land to waterways, which then dump into the oceans. Keeping the pollutants—fertilizers, oils, paints, herbicides, animal waste, bacteria prone leaves and grass cuttings—off the streets and curbs is instrumental for water health. Education and citizen awareness is the first line of defense. Second are advanced street sweeping systems.
And with The Beach Boys public service announcement campaign, everyone can share the message to help save rivers, lakes and oceans.Image: Beach Boys PSA 2.jpg Publication Date: April 28, 2016
Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC with Minnesota Department of Transportation earns speaking honors
International Erosion Control Assn. (IECA) Region One presented its Environmental Connection 2016 Presenter of the Year award to Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC, for his presentation “Developing Best Management Practice Guidance Matrix Decision Trees,” which had more than 50 attendees and was presented on two days at conference.Image: Dwayne Stenlund Company Reference: IECA Publication Date: April 28, 2016
Oak tree saplings restore Cook County’s green canopy
A new initiative designed to restore the urban canopy and manage Cook County's stormwater kicked off this month as the first 100 oak tree saplings provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) were distributed at the Midlothian Rain Ready Open House held at the Midlothian Public Library and at the Wheeling Earth Day celebration held at Heritage Park.Image: Jesse Quilantanis is excited to be the first Cook County resident to receive and plant a free MWRD oak tree sapling. Publication Date: April 27, 2016
Gwinnett County announces $4.5 million contract with Woolpert for sewer & storm water inspections
Woolpert was awarded a sewer and storm water assessment project by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners for the Department of Water Resources.
The annual contract is valued at $2.9 million for Section B (sewer) and $1.6 million per year for Section A (storm water). The contract includes the evaluation of sewer lines and waterways throughout the county, which is located in Metro Atlanta.Image: Woolpert.jpg Publication Date: April 27, 2016
NASCAR program pays homage to Elgin Sweeper and other NASCAR Greens sponsors
Earth Day 2016 has a special meaning for Elgin Sweeper, a manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications. As the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green, Elgin Sweeper, was recognized by NASCAR as part of the organization’s fourth annual NASCAR Race to Green program.Image: Elgin Track Sweeper_wet conditions1.jpg Company Reference: Elgin Sweeper Co. Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Competition develops student interest in green infrastructure systems for storm water management
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition created to engage college students in developing green infrastructure systems to reduce storm water pollution and build resilience to climate change.
The University of Texas, Arlington nabbed first place in the master plan category and the University of California, Berkeley took second place in the demonstration project category.Image: U.C. Berkeley campus Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Computer application determines optimal green infrastructure strategies
Innovyze announced worldwide availability of the V2.0 Generation of its InfoSWMM Sustain for comprehensive urban storm water treatment and analysis. The new version lets users quickly and reliably determine optimal green infrastructure strategies for reducing volume and peak flows to combined sewer systems as well as evaluating the benefits of distributed green infrastructure implementation on water quantity and quality in urban streams.Image: SWMM Sustain.jpg Publication Date: April 25, 2016