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California Supreme Court To Review Ruling on Discharge Permit Fees

The California Supreme Court has granted a petition from the California Building Industry Association to review a state appeals court ruling that total fees collected from waste discharges must match the costs of regulating the entire waste-discharge permit program, rather than matching stormwater fees to the costs of the stormwater program. Currently, permit fees paid […]

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Nine Nationwide Nonpoint Solutions

Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.

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Idaho Groups Utilize, Monitor Floating Wetlands

This summer a group of Idaho organizations will launch eight floating treatment wetlands into Hayden Lake to help control nutrient pollution. Kootenai Environmental Alliance, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the University of Idaho, and the North Idaho College Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) are working cooperatively with the Hayden Area Regional […]

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Wyoming Data Trespassing Law Discourages Water Quality Monitoring

Wyoming’s new data trespassing law makes it illegal to collect environmental data or to “preserve information in any form” about rural land if it is done on behalf of the government. Drafted by state senator Larry Hicks, the law discourages water quality monitoring by nonprofits and citizen scientists in an effort to prevent negative economic […]

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Freshwater Trust Methodology Helps Prioritize Water Resource Projects

The Freshwater Trust will expand a methodology based on geographic information systems (GIS). Known as StreamBank® BasinScout™, the trust will use this methodology to assess and prioritize potential restoration opportunities in California’s Russian River basin. Snaking southward and draining Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Russian River provides drinking water for several hundred thousand Californians and […]

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Campuses Cut Plastic, Develop Toolkit To Reduce Litter

On May 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California announced the launch of a new Marine Debris Campus Toolkit. The toolkit is a detailed how-to guide for reducing plastic waste at college campuses and other institutions to help reduce marine debris and coastal pollution. The toolkit, […]

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California Industrial Stormwater Permit Takes Effect

The California State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Industrial General Permit (IGP), adopted last April, will go into effect July 1. The new permit contains some noteworthy changes compared to the 1997 permit. These changes include a significant increase in permitted facilities. The old permit covered 11 industrial categories. And while the new permit has […]

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Stormwater Champions: A Look Forward After 25 Years

November marks the 25th anniversary of EPA’s Phase I MS4 program. Geoff Brosseau discusses lessons learned from the past 25 years and shares his insights for the future.

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SPU Proposes Integrated Plan to Protect Seattle Waterways

On April 24, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) proposed a 15-year integrated plan to prevent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater and polluted runoff from flowing into creeks, lakes, the Duwamish River, and Puget Sound. The integrated plan allows the city to implement stormwater control projects that will significantly benefit water quality in receiving water bodies, while delaying […]

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Researchers Study Metal Uptake by Plants

In recent years, researchers and environmental engineering experts at Utah State University (USU) have looked closely at the level of pollutants carried by stormwater and how simple changes in stormwater management in cities and towns across Utah could help alleviate the problem. USU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers are wrapping up a long-term […]

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