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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

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

“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

“A Biology Major With a Thousand Dollars and a Kitchen”

“A Biology Major With a Thousand Dollars and a Kitchen”

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about it here, but the Zika virus hasn’t gone away; the problem of how to address it—develop a vaccine? Try to stop its path of transmission?—is still very much with us.

One way to slow it down, at least, is to eradicate the  … Read More

The Flood Insurance Dilemma

The Flood Insurance Dilemma

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Here’s a quick quiz: which of the 50 states has the highest hidden flood risk? (Scroll down for the answer.)

You might guess Florida—I did—but that low-lying coastal state, in fact, comes in second. And although Florida does have the greatest overall flood risk, hidden risk is something different: it  … Read More

Stormwater Credit Trading Program Architecture

Stormwater Credit Trading Program Architecture

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Stormwater credit trading programs are gaining traction as a new tool in the effort to reduce the cost of stormwater-borne pollution control in impaired watersheds at a time when new tools are sorely needed. Since the amendments of the Clean Water Act in 1987 to extend coverage to nonpoint pollution  … Read More

Looking at Less

Looking at Less

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It’s a situation many people, programs, and agencies confront year after year if they rely on government funding: just how big will our budget be? Which aspects of the program can we keep going, and what will need to be cut?

Those questions are looming now for a high-profile environmental  … Read More



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