Culvert hunters are on the ground in King County, Wash., developing a comprehensive inventory of culverts and urban streams to ensure salmon populations have a clear migratory path. Their work is part of the county's 10-year, $9 billion Clean Water Healthy Habitat project, which aims to improve water quality and stormwater flows and ensure a healthy habitat for salmon, orcas and people living in the region.
More than 18,000 community water systems serving millions of people in the US contain lead at the one-part-per-billion level or greater, according to a new interactive map released by the Natural Resources Defense Council. "The only safe amount of lead is zero parts per billion" and that can only be achieved by getting lead services lines and pipes out of the ground and homes, said the council's Kristi Pullen Fedinick.
President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan calls on the US to cost-effectively address infrastructure issues while creating jobs and the best way to do that is by embracing nature-based infrastructure solutions, such as restoring forests and wetlands to improve water quality and reduce flooding, write Christy Plumer and Tim Male. Kansas City, Mo., for example, saved money and reduced total combined-sewer discharges by using green infrastructure instead of grey solutions.
Annapolis, Md., was awarded a $3 million federal grant last month for a stormwater pump to address a street's flooding issues. The project is one of several capital projects Annapolis has in its budget for fiscal 2022.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the winners of its 9th annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, which tasks teams of students at US colleges and universities with demonstrating how green infrastructure can improve on-campus stormwater management while providing a host of valuable co-benefits. Five volunteers from the Water Environment Federation Stormwater Committee helped EPA judge this year's submissions in both categories, aided by experts from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Water companies are a major source of microplastic pollution in the River Tame and other rivers in the UK, according to a University of Manchester study. "Water companies must stop releasing untreated sewage and wastewater into rivers during periods of dry weather, as this causes riverbeds to be heavily contaminated with microplastics and maximizes habitat damage," said professor Jamie Woodward.
An audit of internal communications, meetings and workflows can help companies understand their culture before they design rules around hybrid work, write Dominic Price and Sarah Goff-Dupont of Atlassian. "If we don't make a point to build strong relationships, work will start to feel transactional, degrading both morale and productivity." they write.