Tag Archives: Consent Decree

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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DC Water Announces Proposed $100 Million Investment in Green Infrastructure

On Jan. 22 at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (DC Water) second Green Infrastructure Summit, General Manager George Hawkins announced a proposal to substitute green infrastructure for some of the massive underground tunnels in DC’s Long Term Control Plan for combined sewer overflows (CSOs). The new plan will green portions of the [...]

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Mayors Meet With EPA to Discuss Integrated Planning and Affordability

On Dec. 13, the U.S. Conference of Mayors met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss potential revisions to the agency’s “Combined Sewer Overflows: Guidance for Financial Capability Assessment and Schedule Development” report as well as a draft EPA proposal that seeks to broaden affordability factors of Clean Water Act requirements. This dialogue [...]

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New York City Finishes Third Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project

On June 3, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced completion of its third neighborhood-scale demonstration project. The three bioswales installations together will collect more than 26,498 m3 (7 million gal). The newest installation includes 19 bioswales located in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn — an area where combined sewer overflows (CSOs) [...]

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Midwest Cities Combine Sewer Upgrades With Green Infrastructure To Prevent CSOs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s plan to modify its Clean Water Act consent decree. The new plan utilizes green infrastructure and sewer separation in place of a deep-tunnel project. The district expects to save more than $150 million and prevent more than 5.7 billion L (1.5 [...]

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Organizations Champion Affordability for Low-Income Water Customers

On May 29, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Water Environment Federation released an Affordability Assessment Tool for Federal Water Mandates. The goal of this tool and a related joint issue brief is to relieve undue economic burdens on communities facing federal water mandates, which often address combined sewer overflows [...]

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New Hampshire Concrete Company To Resolve Alleged Clean Water Act Violations

Torromeo, a sand, gravel, and stone mining and ready-mix concrete plant located in Kingston, N.H., will pay nearly $1 million in penalties for allegedly filling nearly 5 ha (13 ac) of wetlands and discharging stormwater pollution to the Little River. According to New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, the alleged violation may be the largest [...]

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