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A Maine contractor working to install st

A Maine contractor working to install storm water drain pipes in Lewiston made tapped into a historic water hydrant dating back to the mid-1800s


Awesome that Roanoke can check off all 1

Awesome that Roanoke can check off all 11 of the “signs that a city will succeed”

This article appears in the March edition of The Atlantic Magazine alongside the cover story, “Can America Put Itself Back Together?”—a summation of James and Deb Fallows’s 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane.

“By the time we had been to half a dozen cities, we had developed an informal checklist of the traits that distinguished a place where things seemed to work. These items are obviously different in nature, most of them are subjective, and some of them overlap. But if you tell us how a town measures up based on these standards, we can guess a lot of other things about it.”

How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding and keep waterways clean

Would you ever guess that a parking lot could hold the key to reducing floods and keeping waterways clean? That’s exactly what Brooklyn-based thread collective is aiming to achieve with their sustainable makeover of the Cannoneer Court parking lot at Pratt Institute‘s Brooklyn campus. The retrofit project seeks to make the city more sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change by reducing flooding, eliminating sewer outfalls to open waters, and keeping nearby plants lush and green.

To the unwitting eye, the resulting lot will look more or less like any other parking lot. It will be made from asphalt and there will be designated spaces in which cars will, you know, park. However, the lot will contain a variety of other seamless features that will make it a boost to the environment. Trenches will guide rain water to the edge of the pavement where it can sink into the ground and be absorbed in planted areas, which are known as bioswales. The plants will act as natural filters, cleaning the rainwater before it seeps into the ground. This system will also keep excess rain water (or rapid snowmelt) out of municipal sewers and circumvent flooding.

Roanoke Stormwater awarded $150k for Stream Restoration Project

Roanoke Stormwater has been awarded $150K in matching grant funds for our Washington Park/Lick Run Stream Restoration Project. The grant comes from the VA DEQ’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, created in 2013 to encourage best management practices that improve water quality.

A total of 77 projects valued at $36,034,351 were submitted to DEQ for consideration this year. The DEQ’s total award of $8.5M funded only 22% of the projects submitted to 65% of the localities requesting funding.

SB468 to Exempt Norfolk Southern from Stormwater Fees

Thanks to Roanoke Times for telling the story about NS trying to be exempted from Stormwater Fees

How to Reduce Water Management Expenses

Utilizing green infrastructure in water management and water treatment systems can help companies achieve economic and environmental benefits. And yet these ecosystem-based management approaches haven’t gone mainstream.

The Case for Green Infrastructure recommends that green infrastructure become part of the standard toolkit for engineers. In the white paper, Dow Chemical, Shell, Swiss Re and Unilever, working with The Nature Conservancy, concluded that hybrid approaches, utilizing a combination of green and gray infrastructure, may provide an optimum solution to a variety of shocks and improve the overall business resilience.

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GIWiz, U.S. EPA Tool, Promotes Green Infrastructure

GIWiz was created as an interactive online portal to explore all the Green Infrastructure approaches that can help transform communities. Green infrastructure includes a wide range of approaches, including rain gardens, which catch rain water for plants instead of letting it run off into storm drains.

Learn more from EPA’s full report: “Enhancing Sustainable Communities With Green Infrastructure.”