Tag: rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Its uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses etc.

EPA Announces Winners of the Fifth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

EPA Announces Winners of the Fifth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the winners of its fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national college competition to engage the next generation to design solutions for stormwater pollution using green infrastructure. Student teams proposed designs that help aid innovative problem solving for their campus and community.

Stormwater is

Getting a Grip on Sea Level Rise

Getting a Grip on Sea Level Rise

Climate change, sea level rise, failing infrastructure, and challenged ­budgets are a recipe for disaster in the truest sense. However, while the fact of sea level rise is scientifically undisputed, it is a slow-moving disaster. No one will wake up and find Miami or New York suddenly under water. Yet,

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Safe Conveyance of Rare Storm Events

Two people were swept downstream and died during a catastrophic flash flood that struck Ellicott City, MD, on the evening of July 30, 2016. The infrastructure designed to carry stream flow and storm runoff along Tiber Run, which runs through the historic district, was unable to meet the demands of

Challenges at MSW Landfill Sites

Challenges at MSW Landfill Sites

Today’s municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are much more than places to dump household trash. They’re engineered facilities that are designed to hold and isolate the trash from the environment and are governed by both federal and state regulations.

Landfill designers and operators face two main challenges to the integrity of

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

Fire flow needs and regulations have always dominated the metrics for sizing the water storage capacity of a municipality or business. But these days, climate change, drought, and population growth have entered the picture as additional factors requiring consideration.

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Porous Pavers: Improving Water Quality

Permeable pavement is taking center stage now as erosion control and stormwater green infrastructure projects aim to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Stopping Nonpoint-Source Pollution
In Columbia, MO, the Public Works Department received a Clean Water Act 319 grant for stormwater improvements to reduce nonpoint-source pollution into the creeks and streams.

Building It Higher, Digging It Deeper

Building It Higher, Digging It Deeper

We wanted it. We’ve got it. Now what do we do with it?

As this article reports, recently drought-stricken California has so far this year received enough rain to provide a year’s worth of water for 14 million people—more than a third of the state’s population— if only we had a

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

Communities, especially those with limited resources, face many issues when trying to protect their local watersheds through the use of stormwater policies. Stormwater policies that are imposed on new development have the ability to enhance a community’s overall watershed health (Ferguson 1998). However, past requirements often relate only to large

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