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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on L.A. Stormwater Pollution Case

On Aug. 8, 2013, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles held L.A. County and the County Flood Control District responsible for millions of gallons of polluted stormwater discharged into the L.A. River (pictured) and San Gabriel River every year. On May 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the long-standing battle.

Equipment Manufacturer Corners Suspected Counterfeiters

Eight Chinese companies, alleged to be manufacturing and selling counterfeit equipment, were uncovered by the legal team of a U.S. manufacturer at the recent National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

Groves of Light: Nationwide Children's Hospital

An expansion of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, included a six-acre park and a children's garden that serve as therapeutic spaces for three pediatric research facilities and a new 12-story in-patient tower. An expanded lighting palette features energy-efficient fixtures that change colors, reflecting the hospital's new brand standards and the unique character of the neighborhood. The iconic Grove of Light, a series of illuminated masts, defines the gateway into the hospital campus.

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Expanding Outdoor Rooms with
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A homeowner in Jenks, Okla., wanted a large food preparation area with plenty of storage and a serving and dining counter, all within a narrow and angled corner of the patio. About 30 feet of modular, pre-engineered outdoor kitchen components were installed to fit the family's needs in just five days.

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On April 22, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works Review Board unexpectedly refused to sign off on the Central Everglades plan. The plan would redirect more water from Lake Okeechobee water south to replenish the Everglades. The state has been trying to convince Congress to split the $2 billion cost of restoring the lake's water flow to the Everglades. The flow of water has been cut for decades to make way for South Florida development and farming.

Survey Finds Pleasure, Pain and Green Concerns Spur Landscape Projects

A recent survey of homeowners planning to update their landscaping found that 56 percent are doing so to improve their yards for entertaining, and 55 percent are doing so to solve issues including flooding, sun exposure, privacy and water shortage.

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Updated MasterFormat Released

2014 updates to MasterFormat include moving "Manufactured Planters" and "Site Seating and Tables" to Division 32 to better align with other site-based work; renaming their former Division 12 location to "Interior Public Space Furnishings" to address similar types of furnishings used in indoor settings; and the addition of selective demolition sections to most divisions.

Housing Market Index Continues Slow, Steady Climb in April

The National Association of Home Builders' Leading Markets Index (LMI) gained another point in April, improving to a .88 score, according to a recent report from the trade group. The index improved on a .87 result in March, and rose from a .82 reading in April 2013.

ASCA Online Education

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced a new online course, Soil Rehab and Protection: What's the Payback?

LAF Announces 2014 Olmsted Winners
LAF has announced the 2014 Olmsted Winners, including Sara Zewde, a master's student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Donation to Combat Post-typhoon Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November 2013, displaced more people from their homes than Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami combined.

Arborjet Launches Inaugural Scholarship Program

Arborjet has launched an inaugural scholarship program to help graduating U.S. high school seniors who plan to major in a forestry course or related major for the entire 2014-15 academic year.

PGMS Goes to Minneapolis

PGMS, an organization for grounds professionals, has announced that their Summer Regional Seminar and Site Visit (August 4 - 5) will take place in Minneapolis, Minn.

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illi Offers Lighting Design Course for 2014

illi, a not-for-profit landscape lighting design and education association founded by Janet Lennox Moyer, has announced the 2014 Intensive Design and Field Training Course.

March Contracts for Home Sales Show Long-Awaited Improvement

The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index increased in March for the first time in nine months, though the index remains below average and nearly eight percent behind March 2013 levels. Economists expect positive indicators from the housing market as the year continues, despite slow winter activity that has led into a slower spring.

Fish and Wildlife Seeks to Protect 'Beardtongues'

White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis) is a shrubby plant with lavender flowers and grows up to 20 inches tall.

Construction Industry Adds Jobs in April, Eyes Worker Shortage

The unemployment rate for construction workers actively seeking industry work declined to 9.4 percent in April from 13.2 percent a year earlier, marking the lowest April rate in seven years. The rate has fallen by more than half since April 2010, when it reached 21.8 percent, though during that time, the number of unemployed workers who last worked in construction declined by 1.1 million, and the industry added less than 450,000 jobs.

1st Annual Maryland ASLA Professional Awards

On April 24, 2014 in Baltimore, the Maryland ASLA Chapter presented Catherine Mahan, FASLA (center) an Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement. She founded her landscape architecture firm in 1983. Today, that firm, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc., of Baltimore, employs 40 professionals. In 2012, she stepped down as president, but oversees the firm as chair of the board of directors. The firm received a Merit Award (Druid Hill Park Lake plan), and an Honor Award (Children's Inn Play Garden at NIH) at the Maryland ASLA Chapter Design Awards.

Vegas Betting on North Strip

The 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas resort is arising on the site of the old Sahara hotel-casino at the north end of the Strip. It is scheduled to open Sept. 1, 2014.

A Product That Will Blow Leaves and Debris Away

The new Little Wonder C5 wheeled blower gives homeowners a blend of power, portability and price.

Kohler Introduces Engine Repower Specifications for Commercial Mowers

Kohler's Confidant engine is geared toward repowering commercial wide-area walk-behind and stand-on mowers.

New Mycorrhizal Products Available From JRM Chemical
Soil Moist Transplant is now available in three ounce bags packed in self-serve display buckets. Each three ounce bag treats a one-inch caliper tree. It inoculates transplanted shrubs and trees.

TREX(R) TRANSCEND(R) Decking Expands Color Line

Trex Company Transcend(R) decking in Island Mist features charcoal black railing with round aluminum balusters and classic white posts. The high-performance collection now includes a tropical-inspired light grey option.

Hiniker C-Plow Speeds Snow Removal

The C-Plow is available in 8- and 9-foot widths. All Hiniker Co. plows employ the Quick-Hitch system, a drive-in mounting system that provides easy one-lever attachment of the plow to the truck.

EPA Certifies New Propane Mower Conversion Kit

Landscape professionals now have another option for converting commercial mowers to propane and taking advantage of the Propane Education and Research Council's incentive program, which offers $500 toward each qualified propane mower conversion.

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