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6 tips for soaking up more stormwater in your yard

6 tips for soaking up more stormwater in your yard

  • 4/20/2020 1:44:00 PM
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Not that long ago, Iowa consisted of nearly 80 percent prairie with plants and soil that could easily soak up stormwater with little to no runoff after heavy rains. Today, with drastic changes in land use, things have changed. With so many impervious surfaces (surfaces that shed water, such as roofs and concrete), runoff is forced quickly down storm drains and straight into local water bodies. Here are some ways to soak up more water in your yard to help prevent erosion and flooding in your lawn and home, as well a...
Upcoming Trainings: The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater

Upcoming Trainings: The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater

  • 3/30/2020 10:29:00 AM
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Mark your calendars and register to attend one of the upcoming sessions of "The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater."  This workshop was offered in 2018 and 2019 and has been scheduled again to meet demand for the information and training.
Upcoming Workshop - The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater

Upcoming Workshop - The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater

  • 2/14/2019 10:31:00 AM
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Mark your calendars and plan to attend the March 19 session of "The Bottom Line on Industrial Stormwater."  This workshop is a repeat of the one held in November 2018.  There was so much demand that not all the interested attendees could be accommodated.  If you missed the November workshop, now is your chance to register!
New Training Workshop Focuses on Bottom Line for Industrial Stormwater

New Training Workshop Focuses on Bottom Line for Industrial Stormwater

  • 10/25/2018 8:19:00 AM
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Industrial and commercial facilities with "stormwater discharge associated with industrial activity" are required to obtain NPDES permits, known as General Permits #1 and #3.  A new training opportunity has been developed to help those facilities understand their permitting requirements, develop pollution prevention plans, and implement best management practices with the goal of staying in compliance.
Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

  • 3/31/2017 10:14:00 AM
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After Cedar River floodwaters hit hard in 2008 and 2016, even washing away the iconic century-old suspension bridge in 2008, you wouldn’t expect Charles City to embrace the river. 
Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

Flood Loss Avoidance Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

  • 4/1/2016 11:04:00 AM
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This US Environmental Protection Agency modeling study estimates the flood loss avoidance benefits from application of small storm retention practices for new development and redevelopment nationwide. Twenty HUC8 watersheds were modeled in areas where significant growth is expected between 2020 and 2040, using the FEMA Hazus model and national-scale datasets. The area of the watersheds ranges between 500 and 3,000 square miles. The study was conducted in consultation with other federal agencies including the US Arm...
Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

  • 3/11/2016 8:24:00 AM
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Generally, Coralville Lake, just upstream from its namesake town, does its job as a flood control reservoir. But the lake was no match for the floods of 1993 and 2008, creating millions of dollars in damages for the eastern Iowa town.
Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

Coralville Makes Green Strides for Water Quality

  • 7/15/2015 9:03:00 AM
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Generally, Coralville Lake, just upstream from its namesake town, does its job as a flood control reservoir. But the lake was no match for the floods of 1993 and 2008, creating millions of dollars in damages for the eastern Iowa town.
How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Step-by-Step

How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Step-by-Step

  • 9/2/2014 8:14:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way to water your plants and garden without connecting the hose to the tap, a rain barrel can help you collect and recycle rainwater.