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Porous Road Material from Butts May Help Biz Manage Stormwater Runoff

Porous Road Material from Butts May Help Biz Manage Stormwater Runoff

Cigarette butts, all roughly 1.2 million metric tons of them, pile up annually and the waste shows no sign of tapering off. But an enterprising engineering researcher from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, might have figured out an effective and productive way to recycle them. The resulting material could help … Read more »

Stormwater Management for Parking Areas Benefits from New Surface Options

Stormwater Management for Parking Areas Benefits from New Surface Options

Businesses with large surface parking areas are increasingly needing to focus on stormwater runoff management, particularly as rules are toughening regarding how such water is being collected, writes the BizTimes of Milwaukee. New porous pavement and pervious concrete options are beginning to solve the problem for some companies. Retail centers, … Read more »


How Walmart Solves Stormwater Management Challenges

A well-engineered storm water management system allowed a Walmart Supercenter in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to maximize water storage and minimize the project footprint. This allowed for additional parking and reduced the overall cost.

Industrial Stormwater Best Management Practices Revealed

If it’s not managed, stormwater can disrupt businesses across a range of industries from construction to manufacturing to oil and gas to agriculture. Rainfall, snow, sleet and hail can cause flooding, damage equipment and supplies and otherwise halt processes and production — if not managed well. An Industrial Water World … Read more »

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Green Roof Slows Runoff, Lowers Building Costs

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has installed a green roof at its Racine Avenue Pumping Station, which MWRD says will slow stormwater runoff and result in lower operating costs for the building. The Racine Avenue Pumping Station houses main sewage pumps that pump wastewater to the Stickney … Read more »

Supreme Court Throws Out Stormwater Case

A lawsuit thrown out this week by the US Supreme Court, and a separate settlement between the EPA and several home builder industry groups, have demonstrated the challenge of regulating polluted stormwater that makes its way into rivers, streams and oceans. The settlement was the second setback for the EPA’s … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Budget, EPA Stormwater Regs, Chevron Fire

The Energy Department would see its budget cut by 8.2 percent if sequestration were allowed to take effect as part of the fiscal cliff deal. Democrats say they are working to protect funding for clean energy research and protect programs in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Republicans say many clean … Read more »