The groups claim city and state agencies have failed to fix the public health crisis in Flint, Mich.
In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the city’s children and families.Image: faucet4.jpg Publication Date: October 02, 2015
Federal-state partnerships will accelerate stream and riverside tree plantings
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that in a first round of funding, USDA will commit $4 million to several states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to help agricultural landowners with accelerating stream and riverbank tree plantings that can reduce soil sedimentation, field and animal waste runoff, improving water quality.Image: chesapeake.jpg Publication Date: October 02, 2015
The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities.Image: money3.jpg Publication Date: October 01, 2015
The rule is designed to reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants by 1.4 billion lb annually and water withdrawal by 57 billion gal per year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that will reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways from steam electric power plants by 1.4 billion lb annually, as well as reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gal per year, resulting in an estimated benefit of $463 million per year to Americans across the country.Image: powerplant3.jpg Publication Date: October 01, 2015
The campaign highlights the Desert Research Institute’s Sustainable Water Initiative
Mediaplanet announced distribution of its latest cross-platform campaign “Global Water Crisis,” educating readers on the 663 million people who lack clean water and the 2.4 billion who do not have access to basic sanitation.Image: newspaper-creation-1467513.jpg Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Winners will be announced at The Year in Infrastructure 2015 Conference in London
Bentley Systems Inc., a global provider of software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced the project finalists in the 2015 Be Inspired Awards program. The awards honor the work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations throughout the world.Image: trophy-1316865.jpg Publication Date: September 29, 2015
The Pershing Cultivation Project is the eighth annual WEFTEC community service event
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) helped cultivate community engagement and educate Chicago youth about the value of water through the "The Pershing Cultivation Project: Growing Green Gardens and Young Minds." Organized as a part of the Water Environment Federation's Annual Technical Exhibition (WEFTEC) 2015 by the Students and Young Professionals Committee, the event took place Saturday, Sept. 26 at Pershing East Magnet School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.Image: chicago-3-1447024.jpg Publication Date: September 30, 2015
The port will be available for test runs during the show
In conjunction with its participation at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference taking place in Chicago Sept. 26 to 30, The Water Council will launch the Global Water Port, an online research and collaboration powerhouse developed to enhance connectivity within the water technology sector and among those interested in finding solutions to water-related challenges.Image: notebook-1-1240511.jpg Publication Date: September 28, 2015
The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo this December in Las Vegas
Scott Fowler, CWD/PI and president of Dahlman Pump and Well Drilling Inc., in Burlington, Wash.,, has received the National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) top honor — the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry.
The award will be presented at the 2015 Groundwater Expo this December in Las Vegas.
Among Fowler’s groundwater industry contributions and recognitions are:
Board officer positions will be decided at the board meeting held at Environmental Connection 2016 in San Antonio.
The International Erosion Control Assn. (IECA) Region One membership voted to newly elect Adam Dibble, CPESC and Gustavo O. Salerno, CPESC, P.E., and to reelect Craig S. Benson, M.S. to the 2016 to 2019 board of directors.Image: conference2.jpg Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Report shows performance of natural infrastructure and nature-based measures as coastal risk reduction features
A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund represents a review of the state of knowledge on the performance of natural and nature-based infrastructure as compiled from existing literature and participant input obtained during an expert workshop. It includes a table summarizing the most current state of understanding of the coastal storm and sea level rise risk reduction performance of natural infrastructure.Image: report3.jpg Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Rule clarifies reporting for municipalities, industries, other facilities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities.Image: The rule clarifies reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities. Publication Date: September 25, 2015 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting
Supplemental funding of the Revolving Loan Funding will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $13.2 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated Brownfields properties. Supplemental funding of the Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will be given to 31 successful RLF grantees helping 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment.Image: money4.jpg Publication Date: September 24, 2015
The company will manufacture and distribute precast pervious concrete
Percoa USA LLC and Royal Environmental Systems (a division of Royal Enterprises America) announced an agreement for Royal Environmental to license Percoa USA's patented technology and manufacture and distribute Percoa precast pervious concrete slabs and pavers.Image: TN-348059_Percoa_Pre-cast_Pervious_Concrete.jpg Publication Date: September 24, 2015
The 2009 lawsuit was brought under both the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act
The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta has settled its lawsuit with the city of Stockton, Calif., and San Joaquin County over toxic storm water discharges into Delta waterways.
The 2009 lawsuit, brought under both the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, alleged that discharges from the city and county's storm sewer system violated Clean Water Act requirements and degraded water quality to a degree that harmed endangered species in the Delta.Image: court.jpg Publication Date: September 23, 2015 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
California Storm Water Pollution Suit Settled
If the petitions are successful, the responsibility for addressing water pollution will be shared by those corporations and industries creating the pollution problem
American Rivers, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several local partners petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make polluters accountable for storm water runoff contamination of several vital urban waterways.
Currently, each rainfall washes sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus off impervious surfaces, like parking lots and rooftops, and into rivers and waterways that communities rely on.Image: river8.jpg Publication Date: September 23, 2015
The report notes that EPA must improve tracking and reporting on the benefits of wet weather enforcement initiatives and consent decrees
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report, "EPA Needs to Track Whether Its Major Municipal Settlements for Combined Sewer Overflows Benefit Water Quality," that highlights needed changes in how EPA approaches municipal wet weather enforcement actions.Image: sewer1.jpg Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rafael Muñoz-Carpena was recognized for his research, methodology and educational contributions in the development and advancement of integrated hydrologic and water quality modeling
Rafael Muñoz-Carpena of the University of Florida, Gainesville, has been named the recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) 2015 Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) Soil and Water Engineering Award. The ADS-sponsored award recognizes his research, methodology and educational contributions in the development and advancement of integrated hydrologic and water quality modeling.Image: munoz__rafael_-_hancor.jpg Company Reference: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Publication Date: September 22, 2015
The levee will offer an estimated annual savings of more than $3 million in avoided flood damage
Working together with federal leaders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), various agencies and northwest suburban communities surrounding the Des Plaines River, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) carried forth its mission to prevent flooding and manage storm water.Image: Officials cut the ribbon on the new Levee 37 project. Publication Date: September 21, 2015
The act will update existing EPA and USDA programs to provide cost-saving information to small communities facing drinking water challenges
The Water Systems Cost Savings Act (H.R 3533), a bill to reduce federal, state and local costs of providing high-quality drinking water to millions of Americans in rural communities by facilitating the use of cost-effective alternatives like water well systems, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN).Image: money4.jpg Publication Date: September 21, 2015