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Efforts to Include Green Infrastructure in SRF Programs Advance

Last year, President Obama established the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which includes state, local, and tribal leaders. The task force is determining how the federal government can mitigate and prepare for climate change through grant and loan programs. One option identified by the federal government is the Clean Water and Drinking Water [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Program Receives Thousands of Comments on Draft Watershed Agreement

The comment period on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement closed March 17. The agreement is the fourth of its kind and sets new restoration goals and a new decision-making framework for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  It is, however, the first agreement since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum [...]

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EPA Stays Decision on Mississippi Basin Numeric Nutrient Criteria

On March 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit approved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request to stay a decision on whether the agency must provide numeric nutrient criteria for Mississippi River Basin states. In a previous 2013 U.S. District Court ruling, EPA was given until March 19 to determine whether [...]

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British Columbia Bill Would Regulate Groundwater for the First Time

A bill proposed on March 11 in the Canadian province of British Columbia would regulate and protect groundwater resources for the first time. The Water Sustainability Act would modernize the 1909 Water Act and take effect in the spring of 2015, after supporting regulations are developed and finalized. In addition to creating first-time protections for [...]

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Ohio River Basin Trading Program Transacts First Credits

On March 11, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) transacted the first interstate credits for  nutrients in the United States, officially launching water quality pilot trades in the Ohio River Basin. Duke Energy, Hoosier Energy, and American Electric Power are the first buyers in the program. Collectively, the companies purchased 9000 stewardship credits, agreeing to [...]

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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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