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EPA Responds to Groups’ Residual Designation Authority Petitions

In late March, American Rivers announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decisions on stormwater-related petitions filed in EPA Regions I, III and IX. Environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, and the California Coastkeeper Alliance, filed the petitions relating to Residual Designation Authority (RDA). The petitions called [...]

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EPA and Army Corps Release Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule clarifying protections for streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Also known as the Waters of the United States rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. According [...]

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EPA Signals Change of Direction on Stormwater Rulemaking

In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff confirmed that the agency intends to refocus resources in light of delays in proposing the national stormwater rule. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request includes $5 million and an added 30 staff to support green infrastructure programs focused on sustainability goals. This significant development signals [...]

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GAO Releases Report on Flood Insurance Reform

On Feb. 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on extreme weather events and how the Federal government can limit its financial risk, especially in light of climate change. According to the report, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creates significant “fiscal exposure.” In 2012, [...]

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WEF, NACWA and WERF Host Joint National Water Policy Forum and Fly-In

The Water Environment Federation will host the National Water Policy Forum and Fly-In, April 7 through 9 in Washington, D.C., with the Water Environment Research Foundation and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The event will be part of World Water Week 2014, which also includes a Water Infrastructure & Innovation Expo hosted by [...]

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Study Proposes Water Management in BC Follow Watershed Boundaries, Not Political Lines

On Jan. 22, the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria released a report on British Columbia’s freshwater management and policies. “A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia” proposes that water management decisions align with watershed boundaries rather than political lines. According to POLIS, this is the best way to achieve [...]

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Alcosan To Renegotiate CSO Consent Decree

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan), which serves the Pittsburgh, Penn. region, is required under a consent decree to eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 2026. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently rejected Alcosan’s proposed $2 billion wet weather sewer system improvement plan as deficient. The plan proposed only grey infrastructure techniques that would address [...]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed [...]

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Colorado’s “Taupe Infrastructure”

Colorado is a headwaters state with pristine water quality from mountain streams. Low impact development (LID) is viewed as an option for maintaining those healthy waters and meeting high goals for receiving waters. Unlike many other parts of the U.S., combined sewer overflows are not a stormwater management driver in Colorado, and LID is typically [...]

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GAO Report Recommends Clean Water Act Regulate Farm Discharges

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Jan. 13 states that the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program would be more effective if the Clean Water Act included mandatory pollution controls for agriculture. Based on historical funding and restoration rates, GAO points out that the time required to address water quality impairments associated with nonpoint [...]

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