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  • How Far Should City Leaders Go In Managing Stormwater
    by policymakers across the nation When local and regional policies fall short storm damage can present major cleanup challenges On the other hand excessive stormwater planning can mean red tape and major expenses for cities and utilities Stormwater regulations can include measures aimed at interagency cooperation enforcement and management issues and integration with state and federal regulations according to a report published by the Sustainable Cities Institute Policymakers in Portland OR are currently debating these issues Much of Lake Oswego was developed prior to the state s implementation of stormwater requirements and city officials say streams and lakes within the city are falling short of minimum water quality levels as a result the Tribune reported Planning Commission Vice Chairman John LaMotte explained the problem A big part of the city has never been looked at for stormwater management older sections and subdivisions never had requirements 40 or 50 years ago he said per the report The city has to catch up to stormwater requirements in these areas What would proposed rule changes accomplish The report explained LaMotte says the proposed changes to the city s Stormwater Management Manual implement more modern techniques for addressing runoff But he says there is concern on the commission and in the community that the proposed new regulations will be too burdensome for homeowners Gerry Good of the Citizens Budget Committee explained potential drawbacks If you add a patio to your backyard you would trigger the entire regulatory requirement of the new code You could have to add rain gardens and other mitigation measures for stormwater to your property And that could cost you thousands of dollars all because of a new patio he said per the report This debate is not going away anytime soon Climate change has thrust stormwater management debates center stage

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  • EPA Provides 1M To Protect Wetlands In New Jersey
    flooding and storm surges said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A Enck These grants will help strengthen shorelines and the health of wetlands protecting water quality and fish and wildlife habitats Ocean County College will use a 184 548 grant to develop monitoring procedures to assess the condition and progress of tidal marsh restoration sites The project will build on wetland monitoring work Ocean County College has performed through the Barnegat Bay Partnership and in collaboration with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary These parties will evaluate restoration progress in the context of ongoing long term intensive monitoring and watershed wide rapid assessment monitoring being conducted in tidal marshes in the Barnegat and Delaware estuaries Ocean County College and its partners will contribute 62 365 towards the total cost of this project The New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority s Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute will use a 367 756 EPA grant to measure long term carbon storage and the emissions of carbon dioxide methane and nitrous oxide in a range of marshes in the Meadowlands Coastal marshes play an important role in the transformation of carbon and nitrogen and remove carbon from the atmosphere The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute will take measurements from tidal marshes with different physical and chemical conditions Findings from the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute s investigations will provide information for tidal wetland mitigation and resiliency designs in the Meadowlands with the goal of increasing carbon sequestration and minimizing greenhouse gas releases The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute will contribute 143 625 towards the total cost of this project The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection DEP will use a 393 700 grant to improve the availability and accessibility of data on the health and condition of New Jersey s wetlands The DEP will select and collect information from wetlands chosen for their overall environmental health and will participate in an interactive database tool being developed by a team at Penn State that provides information on wetland attributes in wetlands throughout the mid Atlantic region The DEP will also use this grant funding to conduct analyses on these data to determine the most useful measures and standards to apply in future wetland restoration projects in New Jersey In addition funding will be used to install a monitoring station in the Raritan Bay which will be used to conduct two years of site specific intensive monitoring These stations will extend ongoing tidal wetland monitoring efforts from the Meadowlands to sites in Ocean and Cumberland Counties The DEP will contribute 131 233 towards the total cost of this project With a 126 958 grant the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will measure hydraulic and vegetation characteristics of the tidal marshes of the Mullica and Wading Rivers The DEP will use this data to establish a baseline of reference conditions and to evaluate disturbances such as tidal tributary widening pond expansion erosion in other tidal marsh systems and the effect these disturbances may have in supporting mid Atlantic fisheries Tidal marshes

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  • XP Solutions Releases Sustainable Drainage Design Software XPDRAINAGE Version 20153
    software program can provide faster planning and design and makes it vastly easier to review and check designs of LID SuDS WSUD This is a turning point in sustainable drainage Features new to version 2015 3 include and are not limited to Junctions Design a more complete drainage solution by including simple junctions and manholes to represent all parts of the drainage design Templates can be set and used for Junctions such as with default dimensions or depths specified Manhole and Connection levels are automatically set from Surface data to further speed up the model building process Summary Junction and Connection results are available Inlet and Outlets incorporated into Stormwater Controls Inlets and Outlets are now specified as part of the Junction or Stormwater Control This reduces the number of steps needed to build a model and allows them to be contained as part of their templates Water Quality Volume Report allows you to provide a comprehensive review and report for runoff reduction volume capacity and demand for each individual stormwater control as well as for the total site This tabular report is an integral tool in vetting and reviewing implementations which are focused around water quality volume requirements Underdrain Represent the release height of an underdrain in a range of Stormwater Controls to allow for saturated filter storage zones to be included in the design Inlet Bypass Control The majority of stormwater controls include a bypass mechanism to protect the integrity of the treatment facility during high flows Bypass Connections in XPDRAINAGE allow for easy application of these bypass or alternate flow path systems and are easily identifiable on the Plan View with a dashed connection line Advanced Validation Prior to solving a newly designed model users will be provided with a thorough summary of potential level inconsistencies or

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  • Report Ranks States’ Climate Readiness, Arizona Not Happy
    current and future changes in climate threats according to the creators The report said By 2050 Arizona s summer drought threat is projected to be above average compared to other states but its drought preparedness plans don t yet account for the effects of climate change Several states scored worse Texas Nevada Missouri Arkansas and Mississippi each received an F California Pennsylvania New York and Massachusetts each scored an A States were scored on their preparations for extreme heat drought wildfires inland flooding and coastal flooding linked to climate change depending on applicability Arizona officials pushed back against the report arguing that the authors criteria did not consider the actions they have taken according to the Arizona Daily Star In my years at the Arizona Department of Water Resources and in my prior job at the city of Phoenix I ve seen groups like this who when you don t have a specific plan labeled climate change adaptation they sometimes tend to discount the elements you have in place that essentially would be adaptation actions for climate change impacts said Tom Buschatzke the state water agency s director per the Star No we don t have a report that s titled Climate Change Risks or Climate Change Adaptation Report but we do factor in climate variability as we re planning for drought said Michelle Moreno a water department spokeswoman Kathy Jacobs a former top state water official who runs a University of Arizona climate research center also weighed in She was critical of Arizona s lack of programs and regulations governing water use in the state all of which will be affected by these droughts the report said However she agreed the state has a very advanced water management system governing five active management areas in populated areas of Central

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/report-ranks-states-climate-readiness-arizona-not-happy-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • NOAA Announces 4M In Funding To Build Coastal Resilience
    Announces 4M In Funding To Build Coastal Resilience Six restoration projects across the country aim to develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems As part of its efforts to provide communities and businesses with products tools services and funding to better address weather and climate related threats recently NOAA announced 4M in recommended funding for six habitat restoration projects across the United States The projects recommended for funding under NOAA s 2015 Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program focus on dam removal in New England creation of living shorelines in North Carolina and reconnection of rivers to floodplains and flood protection in Washington Florida Massachusetts and California Funding these innovative habitat restoration projects supports our mission of fostering resilient coastal communities and sustainable marine resources and that s a priority for us said Eileen Sobeck assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries These on the ground restoration projects along with the other restoration projects we support will enhance ecosystem resilience against extreme weather and changing environmental conditions provide habitat to support sustainable fisheries and help recover protected species Habitat restoration experts from around the country selected these projects based on rigorous reviews and a highly competitive process Recommended projects have been approved by their state s Governor s offices At least 2M in the federal grants will be matched by applicants and the projects must begin within 12 months of funding NOAA is taking a multifaceted approach to building coastal resilience through two grant programs NOAA Fisheries Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants program is dedicated to the development of healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration A complementary NOAA National Ocean Service grant program the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants focuses on regional scale projects that enhance the resilience of coastal communities and economies to effects of extreme weather climate hazards and changing ocean conditions

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  • Siemens Helps Transform The Main Wastewater Treatment Plant In Vienna Into A Green Power Plant
    the individual systems The order is worth around 24 million euros and is part of E OS 2020 Energy Optimization Sludge Treatment the largest environmental project ever undertaken by the city of Vienna As from 2020 the main sewage plant will use sewage gas to generate autonomously all the energy required for the wastewater treatment For the sewage treatment itself a particularly efficient method is used with reduced water content and double the solid content This considerably reduces the energy consumed during anaerobic digestion and gas generation The main sewage plant which currently is among the largest energy consumers in the community should generate an output of 78 GWh of electricity and 82 GWh of thermal energy In total this method should save about 40 000 metric tons of CO2 per year Christian Gantner Director General of the ebswien main sewage plant Our conversion of the wastewater treatment plant into a green power plant makes a valuable contribution to both a responsible use of natural resources and to sustainable power generation The efficient technologies of our partner Siemens play a key role in achieving our ambitious environmental and climate targets Wolfgang Hesoun Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG Austria An essential factor of success for achieving the environmental targets of a city are the measures that generate maximum ecological and economic benefit On the basis of extensive analyses we have managed together with our customer to develop a tailor made solution that will help the largest environmental project ever undertaken by the city of Vienna to become a success In doing so we are focusing as much on energy efficiency preservation of resources and sustainability as we are on smart technologies and networked systems The order includes the migration and expansion of the existing Simatic PCS 7 process control system to the latest Version 8 1 The conversion work is taking place in parallel with normal operations All functions are tested already in the engineering phase with the Simit simulation software enabling quality to be assured and commissioning times to be shortened In addition Siemens is supplying Sitrans process instrumentation devices for gas analysis Ultramat Oximat as well as Scalance network components including cabling installation and commissioning For a safe high availability power supply to about 450 motors and drives in the sewage plant Siemens is installing a redundant 20 kV medium voltage power distribution system of the type NXAir 28 fields Sivacon S8 low voltage power distribution systems about 80 fields a busbar trunking system and 14 transformers The protection devices of the existing systems and those of the new systems are equipped by Siemens with Ethernet based communication interfaces The redundant SICAM AK 3 station control technology processes all data points from the energy supply and delivers these to the higher level switchgear control technology and subsequently for the overall monitoring of the new process control system For further information please see www siemens com water About Siemens AG Siemens AG Berlin and Munich is a global technology

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  • Help For Communities Making Integrated Planning Decisions To Manage Water Quality
    Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers News November 17 2015 Help For Communities Making Integrated Planning Decisions To Manage Water Quality The Water Environment Research Foundation WERF is developing a toolbox to help communities manage compliance with water quality regulations in a way that integrates multiple disciplines The project Users Guide for Integrated Planning for Wastewater and Stormwater SIWM9R14 is being led by Geosyntec Consultants and their team which includes the University of Cincinnati Economics Center Patricia McGovern Engineers and Barnes Thornburg Communities spend significant resources to protect the public and environmental health of their waterways and to comply with regulatory requirements of the Clean Water Act Through integrated planning water quality objectives can be met while simultaneously addressing the competing requirements that arise from separate wastewater and stormwater projects Sustainable and comprehensive solutions can result e g green infrastructure that improve water quality while supporting other attributes that enhance the vitality of communities Integrating planning efforts can be a daunting process however This project builds on WERF s prior and ongoing integrated planning research Geosyntec s team seeks to facilitate community discussions regarding integrated planning align visions with the realities of implementation and create a dynamic guide for municipalities and regulators In working with participating communities alternatives analysis tools will be developed to support water quality trading agreements green infrastructure strategies and asset management About The Water Environment Research Foundation WERF The Water Environment Research Foundation a nonprofit organization formed in 1989 is America s leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and

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  • The Water Environment Federation Announces Chris French As The Director Of Stormwater Programs
    Programs French will use his more than fifteen years of water sector experience to expand this core competency area for WEF and guide the efforts of the WEF Stormwater Institute a recently launched center of excellence that provides national leadership for sustainable stormwater management WEF is very fortunate to find someone of Chris s caliber to continue growing our stormwater programs and help establish the WEF Stormwater Institute as a leading facilitator of knowledge exchange and innovation in this increasingly important part of the water sector said WEF Executive Director Eileen O Neill His appointment is a sign of our continued commitment to raising the profile of stormwater issues and supporting those responsible for effectively and sustainably managing it here in North America and beyond Having worked with stormwater and watershed management issues for nearly two decades French brings an extensive background from both the public and private sectors In addition to his most recent position as the regional regulatory manager for Contech Engineered Solutions he has previously held positions with government agencies such as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality non governmental agencies such as the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and has served on committees and advisory boards of several national and community based organizations including his former position as the government affairs and regulatory committee chair for the Stormwater Equipment and Manufacturer s Association As a volunteer and member I have always admired and respected the expertise and impactful contributions that WEF makes to the water sector said French I have seen first hand the organization s unique ability to pull together thought leaders and mobilize conversations about the value of water and the need for broad based stormwater solutions I m honored to have this new opportunity and look forward helping WEF develop and guide its national and international stormwater initiatives French will increase the depth of WEF s stormwater focus through member stakeholder and practitioner engagement to help identify technical and policy needs as well as develop commensurate programming and products He will also immediately continue the efforts and output of the WEF Stormwater Institute by completing findings that he started as a member of the Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices STEPP Advisory Committee The findings are being used for a new report that will outline next steps for the national initiative that is being funded through a U S Environmental Protection Agency Infrastructure Grant and administered by the Water Environment Research Foundation The WEF driven project seeks to develop a framework for the formation of a national testing and evaluation program in the stormwater sector Largely focused on convening stormwater practitioners and thought leaders to find a solution to a pressing stormwater issue STEPP is in direct alignment with the Institute s intent to serve as a conduit for information exchange between the stormwater and regulatory communities For more information visit www wefstormwaterinstitute org About WEF The Water Environment Federation WEF is a not for profit technical and educational organization of

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