urban runoff News

  • Reducing runoff pollution in the US

    Over the past century, runaway development has paved over forests, fields and wetlands across the country. Along with urbanization has come the problem of 'urban stormwater' – rainwater that washes over dirty surfaces such as roads, buildings and lawns and becomes a major source of pollution in rivers, lakes and bays. While much has been achieved in the past 30 years to limit pollution from ...


    By Erosion Control Forum

  • Runoff research promotes healthier aquifers

    Where rain falls can influence the quality of surface water before it enters underground reservoirs, some of which provide water that eventually comes out of our taps. That's one conclusion from a collaborative study by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the University of Arizona (UA). The ARS and UA scientists are investigating how urban landscapes influence storm runoff and water ...

  • Environmental risks of urban creep

    A recent study published in the Water and Environment Journal has shown that permeable hardstanding solutions should be promoted through legislation, education and incentives. With the aim of supporting any proposed changes to Scottish building regulations, the authors investigated the impact of hardstanding on flood risk and water quality. Urban development generally leads to an increase in ...

  • Urban water ecology

    Sewage overflows are a fact of life in urban areas, and in many cities, excess sewage water enters streams and lakes with rain runoff. Although this pollution is harmful to most organisms, there is one group of insects that thrives on it: mosquitoes. Luis Fernando Chaves, a post-doctoral researcher at Emory University, and his team discovered mosquitoes in abundance in a sewage-contaminated ...

  • Urban impacts on phosphorus in streams

    Although phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life forms, essential amounts of the chemical element can cause water quality problems in rivers, lakes, and coastal zones. High concentrations of phosphorus in aquatic ecosystems are often associated with human activities in the surrounding area, such as agriculture and urban development. However, relationships between specific human ...

  • Landscape Architects` Green Roof Kept Runoff Out of DC Sewers

    WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2007 (ENS) - In July 2006, The American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA replaced the conventional roof on its downtown Washington, DC headquarters with a green roof, and in the process installed equipment to gather data on stormwater runoff, water quality, and temperature. When the figures were tallied in May, the new green roof was found to ...

  • New York Plants Curbside Gardens to Soak Up Storm-Water Runoff

    The gardens appeared suddenly along an industrial corridor of Brownsville, Brooklyn — one, two, a half-dozen — as if airlifted from a cul-de-sac upstate. At first, local residents stopped to inspect the sidewalk oddities. Pictures were snapped and posted on Facebook. At least one young suitor pilfered the contents of a plot and handed them to a girlfriend. Soon, the whole neighborhood ...


    By Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.

  • Dirty runoff from Massachusetts roads violates federal law

    In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court judge ruled last Friday that the Massachusetts Highway Department violated federal clean water law by failing to develop an adequate stormwater cleanup plan for its 2,500 miles of urban roads and bridges. The decision, by Judge William Young, stems from a lawsuit filed by environmentalists charging MassHighway was not properly implementing a ...

  • Stantec project to treat airport runoff wins engineering honors

    Designed by North American design firm Stantec, a system to treat spent de-icing fluid and polluted runoff at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) has received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). At the organization’s annual gala in Washington, DC last month, ACEC officials presented the project team, which included Stantec, ...


  • Urban trees enhance water infiltration

    Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management. Traditional stormwater management focuses on regulating the flow of runoff to waterways, but generally does little to restore the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement and compacted urban soils with low permeability. The lack of infiltration opportunities affects ...

  • NZ Urban waterways web portal

    An article published in Water Science & Technology describes the development of a web portal to improve community awareness of water quality in urban waterways in New Zealand. The web portal data acquisition system is unique in the use of wireless mesh network technology, direct integration with online modelling and a clear target of public engagement. An information pamphlet was ...

  • TUESDAY: EPA to award urban waters grant in Atlanta

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the recipient of an Urban Waters Program grant in Atlanta on Tuesday. EPA’s Urban Water Program supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters can be canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. Many ...

  • New Guide to Sustainable Drainage in the Urban Landscape

    A detailed and informative Guide to Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the Urban Landscape has been published as part of the Engineering Nature’s Way initiative by Hydro International. The guide can be downloaded for free by visiting www.engineeringnaturesway.co.uk, the web-based knowledge resource for SuDS and flooding in the UK. It ...


    By Hydro International

  • EPA Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters

    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 through EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban ...

  • EPA awarding $2.7 million to revitalize urban waters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans’ health. Nancy Stoner, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water made the announcement today in Atlanta and awarded a grant to the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper ...

  • Tomorrow: EPA to award urban waters grant in Atlanta

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will announce the recipient of an Urban Waters Program grant in Atlanta on Tuesday. EPA’s Urban Water Program supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters can be canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. Many ...

  • Fifteen Projects Unveiled to ‘Green’ Local Communities, Create Jobs and Manage Stormwater Runoff

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3). This program was created in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when ...

  • EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Reduce Runoff that Contributes to Algal Blooms

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality by preventing phosphorus runoff and soil erosion that contribute to algal blooms and by reducing suspended sediments in Great Lakes tributaries. “These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative ...

  • Chicago green schemes: sustainable urban development models

    A publication released by the University of Illinois contains dozens of sustainable design concepts that could guide the revitalizing of urban areas around the world. The publication - "Green Schemes: Sustainable Urbanism for Garfield Park" released by the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces

    Urban green spaces provide important ecosystem services in cities, from recreation to the mitigation of noise and air pollution. This study quantified the ecosystem services (ES) provided by green spaces in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, using new methods to evaluate high-resolution land-cover data. The findings show that different types of green space provide different ES, highlighting the ...

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