Archive | April, 2011

U.S. EPA Releases Web Site for Tracking Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Pollutants

In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new Web site called ChesapeakeStat that will track the progress of the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation. The Web site shows each state’s TMDL allocations for sediment and nutrients, including those specific to stormwater sources.

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DOJ Interpretation Improves Localities’ Access to Federal Payments

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s interpretation, the “Stormwater Amendment” recently passed by the U.S. Congress requires federal agencies to pay local stormwater fees — for the treatment and management of runoff — from their general annual appropriation. This will make it easier for localities to obtain federal money for stormwater improvements. See the […]

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U.S. EPA Seeks Comments on Stormwater TMDL Memo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting comments on a memorandum concerning changes in some policies related to stormwater-based total maximum daily loads until May 16. WEF will develop and submit comments through the Government Affairs Committee Stormwater Workgroup. See the March 18 issue of This Week in Washington for more information.

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U.S. EPA Invites WEF To Present Barriers and Solutions to Green Infrastructure

On March 31, WEF met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after an invitation to identify barriers and solutions to implementing green infrastructure. EPA will use this input to inform its green infrastructure strategy. See the April 1 issue of This Week in Washington for more information.

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WEF Expands Stormwater Focus

Managing stormwater is integral to protecting the water environment. Therefore, WEF is making stormwater a key priority. To coordinate expanding efforts, WEF recently formed a Stormwater Coordinating Council. In addition, WEF’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC®) 2011 will have continuous stormwater programming, plus a green infrastructure workshop. Registration for WEFTEC 2011 is open now.

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Leading the Shift from Gray to Green

After regionalizing stormwater systems in three northern Kentucky counties — forming a network of more than 400 km (250 mi) of storm sewers — Jeff Eger understands the difficulties of dealing with stormwater. In fact, during his 16-year tenure as executive director of Sanitary District 1 (SD1), Eger consolidated 30 city sanitary sewer entities, yet […]

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