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  1. Permeable pavement gaining popularity as smart stormwater management approach

    Aug. 4, 2015 -- According to new reports, low-impact development is gaining popularity as a smarter approach to stormwater management using small-scale practices to mimic a site's natural hydrology. One solution to controlling runoff is permeable pavement . This porous pavement filters and allows a portion of roadway or parking lot runoff to infiltrate the surface to recharge groundwater sources. Much of the land in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for example, is paved or covered by structures that are impervious to water penetration, according to Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in water resources management. Because of this imperviousness, the typical filtration and purification process conducted by soil and plants is sidestepped, he said. As a result, bacteria, sediments, oil, grease, pesticides, and fertilizer nutrients from yards, roads and parking lots end up running off directly into the Trinity River watershed. As such, the North Central Texas Council of Governments created a program to reduce runoff from land-use developments and to educate local governments on the benefits of permeable pavements. Infrastructure such as sidewalks, bike paths and parking facilities constructed or retrofitted with permeable pavements in place ease the strain on drainage systems by diverting a portion of surface water to groundwater reserves. They are cost-effective because they reduce a development's dependence on swales (artificial dips or slopes in the surface designed to channel, filter and increase infiltration), retention ponds and other stormwater management tools. All information was found at Fort Worth's website and can be accessed here . See also: " Green solutions needed in North America for excess stormwater management " " WEF announces launch of new stormwater, green infrastructure awards program " ###

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    Online Articles

    Tue, 4 Aug 2015

  2. Examining Stormwater Best Management Practices at Industrial Sites

    Many industrial sites are exposed to harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. Rainfall and its discharge, if not managed properly, can cause a variety of unwanted challenges for sectors ranging from construction to manufacturing to oil and gas to agriculture. As such, industry ...

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    Thu, 18 Jun 2015

  3. Planned Sustainability: The Greening of Water Infrastructure

    As water, wastewater and stormwater utilities make plans to upgrade, repair or replace their existing crumbling infrastructure, more and more of them are looking to incorporate sustainability and other "green" strategies into their plans. There are several opportunities for doing so, and one recent ...

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    Magazine Articles

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015

  4. Innovyze announces worldwide support for EPANET, SWMM software

    Innovyze has announced worldwide support for the Environmental Protection Agency's flagship EPANET and SWMM public-domain software.

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    Online Articles

    Thu, 2 Apr 2015

  1. Combined Sewer Solutions: Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative Merges Green, Gray Development to Reduce CSOs in Ohio Watershed

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    Magazine Articles

    Tue, 9 Sep 2014

  2. Bridging the Gap: Blue Infrastructure Helps Mitigate Rift Between Green, Gray Development

    Recent technological developments in a number of blue infrastructure technologies have facilitated the maximum use of existing urban infrastructure, bridging the gap between traditional gray infrastructure and evolving green infrastructure.

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    Magazine Articles

    Mon, 3 Feb 2014

  3. Calculating the Costs: Utilities Highlight Need for Rate Hikes, Investment in Infrastructure Development

    There are many factors that determine the need for rate hikes among utilities, but none more than aging infrastructure. As such, facilities are regularly compelled to raise their rates to cover the increasing costs of providing the best services possible for their customers and communities.

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    Magazine Articles

    Sun, 8 Dec 2013

  4. WWEMA 2013: State of water utility sector, business of water discussed at annual meeting

    WaterWorld staff attended Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association's 105th Annual Meeting held in Ponte Vedra, Fla.

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    Online Articles

    Fri, 15 Nov 2013

  5. * One Water Leadership Summit 2013 - Module Six

    This is a "PAY TO VIEW" Program .   To view you must purchase the program. INFORM – The State of Things Moderator: Mark Gold, Associate Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Meeting the multi-faceted regional water resources challenges of today and tomorrow Los Angeles ...

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    Continued Education

    Mon, 11 Nov 2013

  6. Stormwater management technology helps protect, improve WA watersheds

    New stormwater management tools are being integrated in cities and communities across Western Washington state to protect watersheds.

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    Fri, 21 Jun 2013

  7. Product Focus: Drainage by Design - New Software Helps Shape Green Infrastructure

    A new LID design software program is now available that provides the tools to design green infrastructure with full professional rigor. It walks the user through the entire drainage design process, from conceptual design to hydraulic flow and water quality analysis of surface and subsurface runoff.

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    Magazine Articles

    Wed, 1 May 2013

  8. Out in the Open: Creating a Stormwater Park in the Heart of a Community

    The Town of Norfolk, CT, is embracing stormwater management by incorporating it into a public amenity in the center of the community. The town created a “stormwater park” that includes pedestrian features to provide a connection to the existing commercial center of the town and encourage the public ...

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    Mon, 1 Apr 2013

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