Setting the Stormwater Fee: How Much Incentive Is Too Much?

| As many other cities have done in the last several years, Norman, OK, is trying to put a stormwater utility in place—again. The city council wants to get the utility on the upcoming April 2 ballot, and it’s running out of time to finalize the details. At a meeting last week, council members made a ... READ MORE

A New Use for an Old Nuisance

| Algae is rehabilitating its public image. Although we tend to think of it as a water-quality problem—driving away tourists, threatening drinking water supplies, and creating dead zones—different varieties are being put to work for all sorts of beneficial uses. It’s being touted as a sustainable source of protein; proponents claim that algae can produce seven ... READ MORE

A 60-Foot Setback

| The ban on plastic straws is now a reality in many places, with mixed reactions from the public. Some cities are phasing the ban in slowly, requiring customers to ask for straws rather than receiving them automatically with their drinks. (You might have seen this news item about a fast-food restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL, ... READ MORE

New Color of CULTEC Chambers Has Added Benefits

| BROOKFIELD, CT/January 9, 2019 — CULTEC, a Brookfield, Conn. company that specializes in the manufacturing of plastic stormwater and septic chambers, announced an important design change that will allow for improved product integrity, safer handling, and a fresh look rebranding of its product line. CULTEC’s classic black chambers with a blue stripe have been a ... READ MORE

Stormwater Looking Ahead to 2019

| As we look forward in 2019, change is in the air. First, in case you missed it, Stormwater and our annual conferences StormCon and the Western Water Summit were acquired by Endeavor  Business Media last month.  We’re excited to be a part of the Endeavor Business Media family, and our team will continue to bring you the ... READ MORE

Stormwater’s Best of 2018

| Before we close the books on 2018, let’s revisit Stormwater’s top posts and stories for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other Stormwater post published in 2018. Meatless Monday—and Every Day—at the Office Many people, for environmental, health, or ethical reasons, choose not to eat meat.  But what if someone else made ... READ MORE

Endeavor Business Media Acquires Forester Media

| NASHVILLE, TN.  (December 19, 2018) – Endeavor Business Media, a business-to-business media company, based in Nashville, TN, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Forester Media for an undisclosed amount. Forester Media is based in Santa Barbara, CA. The group includes the trade show StormCon, the Western Water Summit conference, and six magazines and ... READ MORE

Tapped Out

| Water’s getting scarcer, and the lack of rainfall in some areas is prompting people to use resources they might have resisted even a short time ago. The use of recycled graywater—technically called “direct potable reuse,” but often labeled “toilet to tap,” which doesn’t help public acceptance at all—is becoming more common. For some communities, such ... READ MORE

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

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