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EPA, USDA and White House to Highlight New Market-Based Water Quality Trading Program in Virginia

December 15, 2014 - in Corporate, Water

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014—On Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will hold a press conference with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental…

Cities Look to Nature to Bridge Water Investment Gap

December 10, 2014 - in Analysis, Financial, Planning, Water

The water sector has always struggled for investment, and each year the gap between dollars being spent and dollars that need to be spent on critical…

UMD to Create Region’s First Online Stormwater Training Center

December 8, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Stormwater, Water

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 8, 2014—The University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center (EFC) begins work this month on the region's first Municipal…

Interior, Agriculture Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

October 22, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Projects, Water

ALTON, Ill., Oct. 21, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership agreement today that will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices…

Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan

September 24, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Supply, Water

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 24, 2014—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years…

ASLA Releases New Guide to Green Infrastructure

September 9, 2014 - in Planning, Projects, Stormwater, Water

A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains the many benefits of "green infrastructure"—designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment. Green infrastructure…

EPA Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters

July 18, 2014 - in Corporate, Renewal/Retrofit, Supply, Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $2.1 million to 37 organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. The funding…

Is Green Infrastructure Diminishing Innovation?

Since the Environmental Protection Agency, and in turn state and local regulators, have gone all in on green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) concepts a seemingly regrettable consequence has emerged.  Topics specific to the broader adoption…

Chemical Spill in West Virginia Makes Water Toxic for 300,000 West Virginians

January 13, 2014 - in Feature, Featured, Water

A chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia contaminated the Elk River and the state's largest water treatment plant that supplies a nine-county area. The chemical that was spilled is 4-methylcycloheane methanol (MCHM), used in cleaning coal dust. The toxicity…

Septic Systems Contaminate Groundwater in Carson Valley, Nevada

December 5, 2013 - in Projects, Water

A recent study in Nevada's Carson Valley by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that septic tanks are contaminating groundwater in the region with concentrations of nitrates, posing human health risks from contaminated drinking water. Conducted on a larger…