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Stormwater Treatment With a Different Face

Stormwater Treatment With a Different Face

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Managing stormwater is usually a utilitarian function. Occasionally it can rise to an art.

A number of facilities combine stormwater treatment with another role, such as providing green space or recreational facilities for the public at large. One of these is Indianapolis’s Cultural Trail, an 8-mile walking, jogging, and biking  … 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

A New Emphasis for Green Infrastructure

A New Emphasis for Green Infrastructure

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A few weeks ago I mentioned a plan in Orange County, CA, to capture stormwater by using inflatable dams to slow the flow in a couple of local creeks. The slow-moving water will infiltrate and help replenish the groundwater—the source of much of the county’s drinking water supply—rather than rapidly  … Read More

Finding the Right Shade of Green

Finding the Right Shade of Green

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Okay, let’s look at this one more time, but from a different angle: I’ve been beating the plastic drum lately, writing about such things as single-use plastic straws and the potential bans on them that some jurisdictions—possibly the entire European Union—are considering. An article in the March 3 Economist is  … Read More

Drawing the Short Straw

Drawing the Short Straw

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Just about a year ago, I wrote about cities that are considering banning single-use plastic items beyond the plastic bag. Drinking straws were high on the list. They’re rarely recycled, and millions of them end up in waterways.

That post got quite a few comments at the time. Some of  … Read More

They Saved Lives

They Saved Lives

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Last August, the National Hurricane Center unveiled changes to its warning system. For the first time, it began issuing watches and warnings specifically for storm surges ahead of a predicted hurricane. That was in addition to its usual practice of issuing warnings for high-winds, which do not necessarily correspond to  … Read More

Underground Storage and Detention Systems

Underground Storage and Detention Systems

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Whether a site is undeveloped, densely developed, or somewhere in between, it can face challenges in detaining stormwater runoff. When aboveground space is at a premium, underground stormwater detention systems are an efficient way to store, detain, or infiltrate stormwater runoff while the ground above is used for parking, parks,  … Read More

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

Stormwater Infiltration in Clay Soils

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Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces is causing devastating effects on the landscape of our developing watersheds. We are disrupting the natural hydrological cycle that supports our potable water supplies and natural fauna. Intentional stormwater infiltration can restore that cycle. However, the lack of awareness and the perceived lack of data  … Read More

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

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



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