The Dead Zones Move Inland

| We’ve often mentioned, online and in the magazine, the dead zones in various places around the world, especially the expanding one in the Gulf of Mexico. Almost always, though, they’ve been in the ocean, or in large freshwater lakes like Lake Erie. A new study shows that algae blooms, hypoxia, and the resulting dead zones—the ... READ MORE

The Right Amount of Water

| We often report on the problems major storms and excess rain bring: flooding, washed-out culverts, combined sewer overflows. The recently released National Climate Assessment, in fact, contains some dire predictions about what’s going to happen as larger and more frequent storms occur in the Midwest, including erosion in agricultural fields and larger algae blooms and ... READ MORE

The Climate Report

| A topic of conversation around our office—and very likely around yours—is the climate report released the day after Thanksgiving. At more than 1,600 pages, it’s the second volume of the National Climate Assessment, released by a team of 13 federal agencies; the first volume was released last year. The federal government is required to produce ... READ MORE

StormCon Call for Speakers Ends December 5

| If you’ve been thinking about submitting an idea for a presentation at StormCon, this is an excellent time to do it. The StormCon call for speakers ends on Wednesday, December 5.  StormCon, now in its 18th year, is dedicated exclusively to stormwater and surface-water professionals: municipal stormwater and public works managers, industrial stormwater managers, engineering ... READ MORE

Paying for Green

| Many cities intend, or at least hope, to expand their use of green infrastructure to help manage stormwater and in some cases to reduce combined sewer overflows. Fewer, though, have a comprehensive plan for how to implement, monitor, and maintain these new installations, let alone how to pay for them. Developers might want to—or feel ... READ MORE

Stopped in Its Tracks

| A few weeks ago I mentioned the Watergoat, a low-tech and affordable device that various watershed groups and volunteers are deploying in the Southeastern US to capture trash in waterways. This week Brigette Burich, the events director here at Forester who runs, among other things, the Western Water Summit and the annual StormCon conference, pointed ... READ MORE

CUES Releases New REDI Kit Remote Evaluation Diagnostic Inspection Tool

| CUES has developed a new pipeline inspection tool designed to significantly reduce unplanned downtime. The CUES REDI (Remote Evaluation Diagnostic Inspection) Kit is the first pipeline inspection troubleshooting kit available on the market today designed to help diagnose electrical issues, allowing for quicker and more accurate troubleshooting and repairs of problems while in the field. ... READ MORE

Going in Circles

| On September 8, The Ocean Cleanup launched its first plastic-cleanup system from San Francisco, headed for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (You can follow its progress here and find some background on the project here.) The technology looks promising, and we wish The Ocean Cleanup every success—but there’s more to be done, and now some ... READ MORE

The Quest for Cleaner Shipping

| The upcoming November/December issue of Stormwater includes an article on how some stormwater programs are handling the problem of illicit discharges—ferreting out and stopping the release of things like motor oil, paint, concrete from construction sites, and so on into the storm sewer. The author asked several programs what their biggest problems are in terms ... READ MORE

Innovyze Welcomes Tech Leader as Chief Revenue Officer

| Portland, Oregon, U.S.A – On October 1, 2018, Walter Palhetas joined the Innovyze leadership team as Chief Revenue Officer. With over 25 years of experience, Palhetas brings extensive knowledge in leading global sales organizations in the technology space. Prior to joining Innovyze, Palhetas was CRO at EON Reality Inc, leading global sales of the company’s ... READ MORE

Book Your Trip Soon

| If you’ve been thinking about a sightseeing trip to the Mediterranean, you might want to go sooner rather than later, according to a recent study, which says that many of the cultural treasures along the coast will eventually be partly underwater or eroded away. The paper just published in the journal Nature Communications surveyed 49 ... READ MORE

Caught!

| A recent news item from San Diego illustrates a couple of things we’ve discussed often in Stormwater magazine. Three employees of a painting company were fined and received other punishments for allowing lead-based paint to flow into a storm drain. As this article reports, the company had been hired to remove paint from curbs. They ... READ MORE

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