WERF announces two new projects to expand on stormwater research
The Water Environment Research Foundation has announced that two new projects are underway that expand on its stormwater research.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 25, 2015 -- The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has announced two new projects underway that are expanding on its stormwater research.
The first project, "Stream Restoration as a BMP (WERF1T13)," seeks to develop a guidance document and consistent approach for regulatory agencies to use to assign pollutant reduction credits for stream restoration credits as a best management practice (BMP).
Assessment of the relevant data and information that already exists, along with establishing monitoring and data analyses protocols for new data collection, will help advance defensible science-based, water quality crediting guidance for stream restoration techniques. This new research will be conducted by Wright Water Engineers and builds upon a project they are currently working on, titled "Stream Restoration: Crucial New BMP Database."
The second project, "Development of a Framework for the Formation of a National Testing and Evaluation Program (INFR2R14)," is an effort being led by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to develop a framework for the formation of a national testing and evaluation program in the stormwater sector.
The project is being funded through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) infrastructure grant administered by WERF and is based upon WEF's National Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) Initiative. A national program could reduce the burden on state and local governments, as well as open markets up to stormwater product manufacturers, leading to greater competition, an increase in innovation in the sector, and more cost-effective solutions for stormwater management.
The Water Environment Research Foundation is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater questions. LIFT is moving innovation into practice by allowing providers to introduce their emerging, pre-commercial, and newly commercialized technologies to funders, advisors, and end users. For more information, visit www.werf.org.