Archive | August, 2011

Check It Out! EPA Resources for Nutrients and Sewer Overflows

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of the Public’s Water, an EPA Region 2 report that discusses wet weather issues in New York and New Jersey and answers commonly asked questions about combined sewer overflows. EPA also has updated its nutrient website and is providing a […]

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U.S. Congress Reforms National Flood Insurance Program

On July 12 the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which will remove incentives supporting building in floodprone and environmentally sensitive areas. The act also would apply market-based rates to flood insurance and support natural flood protection, such as wetlands and floodplains. This legislation has been sent […]

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Illinois EPA Offers Green Infrastructure Grants

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is offering approximately $5 million in funding for green infrastructure grants that benefit municipal separate storm sewer systems or combined sewer overflow areas. The categories for the grant are combined sewer overflow rehabilitation, stormwater retention and infiltration, and small green infrastructure projects. Check here for more information.

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WEFTEC Stormwater Management Tour Time Change

WEFTEC® attendees are invited to visit two examples of green infrastructure in the City of Los Angeles on Oct. 19. The tour time was adjusted to 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. to accommodate a midday return to the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tour includes South Los Angeles Wetland Park, formerly a transportation maintenance facility with 36,425 […]

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WEF Comments on Proposed Construction General Permit

Last month, public comment ended on the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) construction general permit (CGP). The permit relates to stormwater discharges from construction sites and is designed to minimize soil erosion and the delivery of sediment to receiving waters. The most significant changes to the permit include a numeric effluent limit for turbidity […]

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WEF Comments on Draft Guidance on Waters of the U.S.

On July 31, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) submitted comments on the Draft Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act. This guidance was jointly released May 2 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clarify which U.S. waterbodies are subject to Clean Water […]

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U.S. House Passes Bill Limiting EPA Water Quality Authority

On July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 (H.R. 2018). The bill would limit the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate state water quality programs. If this bill is passed by the Senate and signed by the president, EPA would no longer […]

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WEF To Host 2012 Stormwater Event

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is pleased to announce its inaugural Stormwater Symposium.  This 2-day event will be held in Baltimore in July 2012 in cooperation with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association. A call for abstracts and workshops will be issued in September 2011 and will include issues of national scope (including proposed […]

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WEF Prepares for Proposed Stormwater Rule and Potential Impacts by Congressional Riders

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stormwater Team in July to discuss the status of the proposed stormwater rule. WEF understands that the proposed rule is expected to include proposed performance standards for post-construction discharges from new and redevelopment projects, revisions to municipal separate storm sewer […]

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U.S. EPA Holds SSO Workshop

At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) July workshop on sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) provided insights on potential SSO regulation, along with other participating environmental groups and water associations. Most participants supported the need for EPA to develop a comprehensive SSO rule. Workshop topics included reporting, recordkeeping, and […]

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