Archive | March, 2012

Check It Out! Talking About Stormwater

The Sightline Institute — a nonprofit research and communication center — created a video entitled Five Tips for Talking About Stormwater. In 3 minutes, the video covers how water professionals can communicate plainly with the public about stormwater and is part of the organization’s stormwater blog.

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Supreme Court Could Review Forest Road Stormwater Case

Logging and other forest roads currently are regulated as nonpoint sources of pollution, with best management practices used to control stormwater. However, based on a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, these roads could require stormwater permits unless the case goes before the Supreme Court, as requested by Oregon and […]

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Proposed Legislation To Aid in Funding and Integration of Stormwater and Wastewater

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D–Ohio) introduced The Clean Water Affordability Act of 2012 (S. 2094) on Feb. 9 to update the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean water affordability policy. The bill would require EPA to integrate stormwater and wastewater control programs into a single, long-term plan. The Clean Water Affordability Act would authorize $1.8 billion […]

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World Water Monitoring Day™ Relaunches With New Name and Interactive Website

On Feb. 14, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) and International Water Association (London) relaunched the newly dubbed World Water Monitoring Challenge™ along with an updated and interactive website. The name of the event, formerly known as World Water Monitoring Day™, was changed to encourage year-round involvement, with monitoring ongoing from March 22 until the […]

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Nonprofit Group To Create a Street View of American Rivers

The nonprofit group Below the Surface is using Google Maps technology to produce a “street view” of American rivers, including pollution levels in the water and surrounding areas. The organization’s goal is to document 27 rivers in the first 5 years. The group also is working on a mobile application that will allow users to […]

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Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns Grants Available in Chesapeake Bay Region

On Feb. 8, the Chesapeake Bay Trust (Annapolis), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the state of Maryland released the Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns grant program. The program goal “is to accelerate greening efforts that improve watershed protection, community livability, and economic vitality.” Grant funding has doubled from 2011 levels to $400,000, with $35,000 of assistance […]

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Washington State Proposes Tighter Provisions for Industrial Stormwater

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking public comment on its modified Industrial Stormwater General Permit, which regulates approximately 1200 facilities in Washington. The state is proposing to tighten permit provisions because of a ruling from the Pollution Control Hearings Board. The new permit would require more stringent sampling rules and tighten the timeline for […]

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New Jersey To Fix Failing Stormwater Basins in Barnegat Bay Watershed

On Feb. 13, the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved Adopt a Barnegat Bay Stormwater Basin Act (S. 1084), which was introduced by state senators Paul Sarlo and Bob Smith. Next to the Chesapeake Bay, Barnegat Bay is considered the second most polluted watershed in the United States, with more than 2000 failing stormwater basins. The […]

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NRDC Releases Report on Financing Stormwater Retrofits

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC; New York) recently released the report Financing Stormwater Retrofits in Philadelphia and Beyond. The document uses Philadelphia as a case study for a stormwater billing system that promotes green infrastructure. Philadelphia uses a fee structure based on parcel size and impervious surface area, which provides incentives to reduce nonporous […]

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EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Website

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of its new green infrastructure website. The site includes basic information, tools, case studies by region, and research and resources by topic. It will serve as a central access point for information from EPA offices and regions as well as governmental agencies, academia, nonprofits, […]

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