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WEF submits comments on EPA’s draft 2017 Construction Stormwater General Permit

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently provided comments on the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities. The proposed permit is a renewal of the existing 5-year permit that became effective Feb. 16, 2012 and expires on Feb. 16, 2017. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the […]

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Great Water Cities 2016 challenged attendees to devise stormwater solutions

On May 10 and 11, more than 100 utility leaders and stormwater experts gathered for Great Water Cities 2016: Rainfall to Results in Action. This event brought together thought leaders to devise solutions to stormwater challenges. The event used the 2015 publication Rainfall to Results: The Future of Stormwater as the starting point to focus […]

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State Revolving Funds return billions on federal investment

Investment in the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) create a massive returns on investment in tax revenues, jobs, and overall economic development. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the WateReuse Association on May 3 released a report detailing new economic benefits analysis. The report finds that funding the requested $34.7 billion […]

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White House Water Summit highlights new commitments to a sustainable water future

On World Water Day, March 22, the White House hosted a Water Summit to raise awareness about the national importance of water including the significance of cross-cutting, creative solutions for solving today’s water problems and inspiring change in how water is used, conserved and protected. The event served as a platform to highlight new commitments […]

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WEF, DC Water partner to create green infrastructure certification program

Effort will support sustainable GI projects and spur economic growth DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation on Feb. 8 announced (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) they are developing a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. This program, which will be housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute, will certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green […]

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Supreme Court denies Chesapeake Bay TMDL appeal

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 its denial to hear the American Farm Bureau and allies appeal regarding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The denial of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), et al. v. EPA, et al. by the high court affirms the ruling […]

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Bill Would Direct Integrated Planning Pilot Program

With communities seeking cost-effective approaches to upgrading stormwater and wastewater systems, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act. The bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national integrated planning pilot program. The bill would help accelerate integrated planning, which is intended […]

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Puerto Rico Enters Second Agreement with EPA To Fix San Juan Stormwater Systems

On Dec. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement requiring Puerto Rico’s government to upgrade stormwater systems operated for road and highway drainage. This settlement is related to another agreement announced Oct. 26, 2015, requiring the Municipality of San Juan to upgrade its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). The Department of […]

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Oregon Proposes Water Quality Trading Rules

On Dec. 10, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced rules for developing a voluntary water quality trading program to facilitate pollution reduction and protect the quality of state waterways. The rulemaking addresses essential elements of DEQ’s water quality trading program, with appropriate standards for accountability, enforceability, and provisions to ensure transparency. A lack […]

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WEF Backed Runoff Provision Included in Highway Bill

On Dec. 4, President Obama signed the Fixing American Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. It is the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years. The FAST Act will increase funding for highway transportation infrastructure by about 11% over 5 years. The highway reauthorization bill also included a stormwater management provision that […]

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