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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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Stormwater Congress Roundup

From Sept. 27–Oct. 1, 20,385 water professionals from nearly 100 countries assembled in New Orleans for WEF’s 87th WEFTEC and 2nd annual Stormwater Congress.

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EPA Inspector General Calls for Better Nutrient Reporting

According to a new report released Sept. 3 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General, the EPA and states in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) need to better monitor and track progress in reducing nutrient discharges to the Gulf of Mexico. According to the report, a uniform and comprehensive measurement […]

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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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EPA Releases Updated Erosivity Calculator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor — the “R” in the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation or RUSLE. The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many National Pollutant […]

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