Tag Archives: Conservation

Planting the Seeds

October 7, 2014

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The green street, Blue Island Avenue and Cermak Road in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, features vegetated planters, bioswales, rain gardens and below-ground infiltration basins. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) started monitoring the area in 2009 to find that the street caputures up to 80% of a 25.4-mm (1-in.) in 5-hour storm. Photo courtesy of Dan Wendt, MWRD.

Soil Science Society of America suggests ways individuals can reduce runoff   When it comes to preventing contaminants in stormwater runoff from entering waterways, the crux of the problem is spread between point sources, nonpoint sources, and even regular citizens. But the average joe may need some advice regarding what exactly he or she can […]

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Cities of the Future Offer Water Management Lessons

September 24, 2014

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From left, panel speakers Christian Guenner, director of System Development with Hamburg Wasser (Germany); Peter Grevatt, director of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; Ted Henifin, general manager at Hampton Roads Sanitation District (Virginia Beach, Va.); Tali Landau-Ofter, finance director at TaKaDu Ltd. (Yehud, Israel); and moderator David St. Pierre, executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, participate in a panel at the summit. Photo courtesy of Kieffer Photography.

Chicago Summit Discussion continues in New Orleans during WEFTEC® 2014    Any community can learn a lesson or two from cities leading the way in water resource management. Leaders from these cities, representing both the public and private sectors, gathered at the Chicago Water Summit 2014: Global Lessons From Great Water Cities on July 21, […]

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Dig-In To Leave a Stormwater Solution in New Orleans During WEFTEC® 2014

August 6, 2014

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Storms flood Conrad Park in New Orleans. WEFTEC 2014 will plant bioswales and rain gardens to reduce flooding. Photo courtesy of Dana Brown.

New Orleans, known for its low-lying land that is susceptible to flooding, often experiences problems from stormwater. Conrad Park is not exempt. When rain falls, both entrances to the park flood. This eliminates access to the Hollygrove neighborhood public space. But volunteers at WEFTEC® 2014 plan to help through the community service project, Recharge, Restore, […]

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WEF Members Participate in U.S. EPA ‘Net Zero’ Workshop

April 8, 2014

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Alicia Chakrabarti, associate engineer at East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, Calif.), discusses NetZero with Mark Kodak, senior fellow at the Army Environmental Policy Institute. WEF staff photo/Barry Liner.

Water sector leaders representing the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) attended a “net zero” workshop on Feb. 25 to develop a resource document and roadmap that will help communities and partners reduce waste, and water- and energy-footprints at a local level. Professionals from various disciplines attended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) workshop, “Promoting […]

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Pirates Seize the High Seas of Water Conservation

February 26, 2014

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Water Pirates - Captain Doorknob Featured Image

Educational performance teaches students about the ultimate treasure: water Pirate Captain Doorknob searches for an unknown treasure so valuable that no one could live without it. After conducting an entertaining search, he learns that the treasure is water. This story, told through the theatrical multimedia program, “The Water Pirates of Neverland: Oceans 3 ½,” educates […]

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Promote Water Savings During Fix a Leak Week 2014

February 12, 2014

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Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts the Fix a Leak Week and encourages water sector organizations to promote checking for and fixing leaks in fixtures and irrigation systems. The sixth annual promotion will be held March 17–23. EPA’s WaterSense® provides information and interactive education for all ages. The website provides online quizzes, a […]

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WEFTEC 2013 Annual Service Project’s Ripple Effect Reaches Hundreds

December 3, 2013

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WEFTEC 2013 volunteers help construct a rain garden.

The WEFTEC® 2013 annual service project made a big splash this year. Approximately 110 volunteers came out to the Reading, Writing, and Rain Gardens event to help replace pavement with green space at the John C. Haines Elementary School in Chicago. The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s; Alexandria, Va.) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) organized […]

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Polish Students’ Flush Control System Earns Them a Trip to WEFTEC 2013

November 26, 2013

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From left, Mateusz Zawidzki and Szymon Mydlarz attended WEFTEC 2013 as part of an award for their ecological flush control system. WEF photo/Lori Harrison.

Szymon Mydlarz, Mateusz Zawidzki, and Pawel Zukowski are three young Polish students who hope to make their ecological flush control system an internationally acclaimed and implemented technology. Connections that Mydlarz and Zawidzki made at WEFTEC®2013 will help them do this as they move forward in establishing a company and producing their patent-pending system, Mydlarz said. […]

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