Tag Archives: Consent Decree

San Juan, Puerto Rico Agrees To Improve Storm Sewers

On October 26, 2015, the Municipality of San Juan agreed to make substantial upgrades to its storm sewer systems. The citywide upgrades and related cleaning activities will minimize daily discharges of untreated wastewater from San Juan’s storm sewers. The upgrades will help improve the water quality of the San Juan Bay Estuary, the Atlantic Ocean, […]

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MSD Announces $100 Million Rainscaping Program

On Dec. 22, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) announced a plan to complete $100 million in Rainscaping improvements to much of St. Louis City and portions of nearby North St. Louis County. Rainscaping practices include such features as rain gardens, bioretention cells, pervious pavement, and green roofs that slow and soak up rainwater […]

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Evolving Green Infrastructure Through Asset Management

DC Water is developing a robust asset management program with an adaptive framework to plan proactively for green infrastructure maintenance.

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EPA Should Better Track CSO Mitigation Outcomes, Report Finds

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the agency should track the water quality outcomes of its major municipal combined sewer overflow (CSO) settlements. By better tracking this information, EPA could show how the money communities are spending to address CSO volume and frequency improves local waterways. In a […]

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DELCORA To Reduce CSOs in Chester, Pa.

In August, the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) entered into a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve its combined sewer and stormwater drainage system in the City of Chester, Pa. The improvements will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and improve water quality in the Delaware River, Chester Creek, and […]

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Seattle Sets Sights on Green Infrastructure Target

In 2013, the City of Seattle agreed to reduce sewer overflows to comply with state and federal law. Seattle City Council Resolution 31459 created a city policy to adopt green infrastructure, such as bioretention swales, street trees, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement, to manage stormwater. The resolution set a target for the […]

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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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