Tag Archives: Consent Decree

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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DC Water Announces Green Infrastructure Agreement and Training Program

On May 20, DC Water announced an agreement to modify a 2005 consent decree to incorporate large-scale green infrastructure installations into its Clean Rivers Project for the Potomac River and Rock Creek. Complementing this plan, the utility also announced a training and certification program to prepare and hire D.C. residents for green jobs. The $2.6-billion-project […]

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Harrisburg and Capital Region Water Agree to Reduce Sewer Overflows, Nutrient Discharges

Under an $82 million proposed partial settlement, the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will work to address sewer overflows discharged to the Susquehanna River and Paxton Creek, which are part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The settlement, still subject to a 30-day comment period, is a proposed agreement between the city and utility […]

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Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Correct Improper Sewer Connections

On Jan. 23, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) in Pennsylvania announced that it will create a Residential Homeowner Assistance Program (RHAP) to aid Pittsburgh homeowners facing potentially steep costs to remove stormwater connections from sanitary sewers. This requirement was imposed on property owners by the 2004 Consent Order and Agreement between PWSA, the […]

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U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio. The consent decree, which Lima and EPA have been negotiating for the past 10 years, will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) released into the […]

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Buffalo to Spend $380 Million on Stormwater Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have approved the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s plan to reduce combined sewer overflows. The $380-million plan includes a series of projects, including green infrastructure, to improve water quality in the Niagara River and its tributaries over the next 20 years. According to […]

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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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EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Webcast Series

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a 2014 series of free webcasts related to green infrastructure. New webcasts will debut bimonthly, and old webcasts will be archived within a month. The series is geared toward public officials and communities just starting to implement green infrastructure. Speakers will include experts in stormwater management who will […]

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Cities Utilize Mix of Green and Traditional Infrastructure In CSO Control

On Jan. 6, more than two years after the United States District Court and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) reached an agreement to reduce they city’s combined sewer overflows (CSO), the consent decree has been officially approved. Federal judge Judge George M. Marovich approved the city’s Long-Term Control Plan, which was criticized […]

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Clean Water Affordability Act Would Codify Integrated Planning

The Clean Water Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3862), introduced on Jan. 14 by Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), would create a law around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. Integrated planning allows communities to modify consent agreements and prioritize National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) projects and spending. […]

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