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EPA Issues New TMDL Memorandum, Eliminates Flow Surrogate

On November 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new memorandum updating aspects of its November 2002 memorandum on the subject of “Establishing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Wasteload Allocations (WLAs) for Storm Water Sources and NPDES Permit Requirements Based on Those WLAs.”  Perhaps most significantly, language regarding the use of flow as […]

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EPA Announces Formation of Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program

On Oct. 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program. The new program will serve as a framework to promote a broad ecosystem approach to protecting and restoring the coastal watersheds of southeast New England. The area covered under this program will include coastal […]

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EPA Releases Climate Plans on Fifth Anniversary of President Obama’s Sustainability Initiative

On Oct. 31, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released plans for preparing for the effects of climate change, including flooding and seal level rise. The agency’s adaptation implementation plans coincide with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. EPA […]

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EPA Releases Guidebook for Community Smart Growth with Green Infrastructure

On Oct. 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the report “Enhancing Sustainable Communities with Green Infrastructure.” The guidebook is a resource to help groups, such as local governments, nonprofits, utilities, and others, use green infrastructure to improve communities and save money. The report discusses the many benefits of green infrastructure beyond improving water […]

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EPA Science Advisory Board Reviews Draft Connectivity Report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed Waters of the United States rule to November 14. The additional extension provides time for commenters to review and consider recommendations from EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) on a draft report that provides the […]

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EPA Announces Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant

In October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is soliciting proposals for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant. The grant is intended to help protect healthy freshwater ecosystems and watersheds across the nation. EPA will fund a single grantee ― national nonprofits; nongovernmental organizations; and state, tribal, and interstate groups ― to competitively […]

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EPA Provides Technical Assistance for Integrated Planning

On Oct. 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided $335,000 in technical assistance to five communities to help them develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management. Integrated planning is intended to help communities sequence projects in priority order. EPA, states, and municipalities historically have focused on meeting each Clean Water Act […]

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Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan outlining steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to achieve four main goals: Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern; Preventing and controlling invasive species; Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful […]

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EPA Releases Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Climate Change Adaptation Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users to […]

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WEF Joins Green Infrastructure Collaborative

On Oct. 8, at a meeting attended by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Obama Administration announced new executive actions, its Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda, and a series of private- and public-sector commitments to support investments in green infrastructure and improve natural resources management in the context of a changing climate. The actions […]

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