Tag Archives: Sewer overflows

Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Stormwater Along Opportunity Corridor

In late March, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District announced an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to utilize $650,000 in state money to create a Green Infrastructure Grants Program. The grants will be aimed at offsetting the effects of the Opportunity Corridor using green infrastructure rather than building storm sewers. Limited space and [...]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their [...]

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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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Illinois and Chicago Make Investments in Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 7 at WEFTEC® 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy Initiative. Over the next 5 years, Chicago will invest $50 million in green infrastructure — one of the largest voluntary investments by an American city. The goal to reduce 946,250 m3 of polluted runoff to the Chicago River [...]

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Maryland Approves $65 Million for Clean Water Upgrades

On July 24, The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $65 million in funding to upgrade water resource recovery facilities, improve drinking water systems, and prevent sewage overflows. Projects receiving funding include enhanced nutrient removal at water resource recovery facilities and sewer improvement projects. According to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, these projects will [...]

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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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