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Happier—And More Likely to Be Eaten

Happier—And More Likely to Be Eaten

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Medicines that have long been marketed as beneficial for humans are having decidedly different effects on other species. As we take more, they take more as well; 12.7% of Americans over the age of 12 now take antidepressants, up from 7.7% about two decades ago. And researchers are finding correspondingly  … Read More

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

Stormwater – Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Stormwater magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, email click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Stormwater content.  … Read More

TMDLs in Court

TMDLs in Court

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The Clean Water Rule has suffered a few blows; last week the Trump administration suspended it, pending a planned issue of its own version sometime this year, and a couple of weeks before that the Supreme Court ruled that only federal district courts, not appeals courts, should have jurisdiction in  … Read More

Muddying the Waters on the Clean Water Rule

Muddying the Waters on the Clean Water Rule

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Last week, the US Supreme Court made a unanimous ruling regarding the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the US, or WOTUS. Unfortunately, the decision doesn’t really settle much of anything; what it does do is clarify where challenges to the rule should be heard: in federal  … Read More

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

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Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of Stormwater.

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and  … Read More

Cigarettes Can Be Good for You—If You’re a Bird

Cigarettes Can Be Good for You—If You’re a Bird

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Along with discarded plastic of various kinds—plastic bags, drinking straws, fast-food containers, and the like—cigarette butts are one of the most widespread forms of trash in storm drains and waterways. They’re small enough to pass through many coarse filters, yet collectively they add up to tons of material—as much as  … Read More

“Jesus, Please Don’t Let the Flood Come”

“Jesus, Please Don’t Let the Flood Come”

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Sometimes a federal agency just can’t win. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the flood insurance situation and so-called “hidden flood risk.” The term applies to properties that lie outside FEMA’s Special Flood Hazard Areas but still have a moderate or high risk of flooding. FEMA has been criticized  … Read More

The Right Stuff: Tools to Make the Job Easier

The Right Stuff: Tools to Make the Job Easier

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Have you ever managed a group of volunteers for some job-related effort—perhaps collecting water quality samples or applying labels to local storm drains? It can be rewarding and incredibly frustrating at the same time. Volunteers come in all ages, from elementary school groups to college students to senior citizens, and  … Read More

One-Fifth of the World’s Freshwater

One-Fifth of the World’s Freshwater

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The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, and they’re in trouble. Besieged by polluted runoff from cities and farmlands that have caused toxic algae blooms, invaded by foreign species from lampreys to Asian carp, and losing thousands of acres of vital adjacent wetlands to agriculture, they  … Read More

Revisiting the Very Last Straw

Revisiting the Very Last Straw

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As we look back on 2017, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2017, let’s revisit Stormwater’s  top posts for the year.

This blog post received several comments in 2017.


The Very Last Straw
Many cities and some states have banned single-use plastic shopping bags. The next item on  … Read More

The Junk-Food Effect

The Junk-Food Effect

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Although the problem is somewhat outside the stormwater arena, it first came to one researcher’s attention when he was staring at something we tend to know a lot about: algae. We generally want to limit algae growth in surface waters to avoid eutrophication and hypoxia. He’s also concerned about its  … Read More

Street Sweeping—Cleaner Air, Clearer Water

Street Sweeping—Cleaner Air, Clearer Water

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Plaquemine, LA, is located about 18 miles west of Baton Rouge. The city has a population of about 8,000. Plaquemine’s director of Public Works, Richard Alleman, directs the city’s street sweeping operation.  … Read More



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