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Freshwater Mussels Tested as a Warning System

A pilot project on the Mississippi River is testing the possibility of using freshwater mussels as early warning detectors of water quality issues. Mucket mussels, which filter nutrients by taking in water through a slight gap in their shells, are very sensitive to changes in their environment. They will clamp down if they sense certain […]

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Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA’s Industrial Stormwater Permit

On July 7, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Industrial Stormwater Permit. This permit regulates stormwater in 30 industrial sectors in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico — states that have not been delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority — as well as in Washington, […]

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EPA Region 4 Announces Rain Catcher Award Winners

On June 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 announced the recipients of its 2015 Rain Catcher award, which recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Recognized were the City of Durham (N.C.) Department of Public Works in the award’s municipal category, Mississippi State University in the neighborhood/community category, Regency […]

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EPA Launches 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for entries in its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support for a green infrastructure project on their campuses. This year, […]

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EPA Updates General Permit for Industrial Stormwater Discharges

On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its updated multi-sector general permit (MSGP), which regulates stormwater discharges from industrial facilities. The permit will apply to 29 industrial sectors, including landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, and heavy manufacturing. The permit applies to areas of the U.S. where EPA is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]

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EPA and US Army Finalize the Clean Water Rule

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule, which will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.  According to EPA and the Army, the rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making […]

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Federal Agencies Launch Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

On April 21,The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships. Regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges, including sites in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and the Great Lakes have been selected to showcase climate resilience approaches. Building on existing […]

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA for Failure to Act on Water Quality Issues

On April 28, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the agency’s alleged “failure to enforce stormwater pollution regulations in the Charles River Watershed and several water bodies in Rhode Island.” Spanning 80 miles, the Charles River meanders through 23 communities before ending in […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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Improving Water Quality through Faster, Cheaper, Greener Methods

On April 22, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 released a guide intended to help Mid-Atlantic communities address water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener methods. The report, “Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure,” is the result of a multi-year effort between EPA Region 3 […]

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